Michael Lederer

Michael Lederer is an American writer who lives in Berlin. His screenplay, Saving America, won the 2019 PAGE Screenwriting Award. His newest stage play, I Have Seen the Mississippi, is the story of the only small group of Jewish refugees from Europe admitted into the United States during WW II. Comments about this blog are welcome on the author’s website: https://www.michaellederer.com/

Blog posts by Michael Lederer:

I first read Hemingway at college in 1978, an intro course called Modern Existential Literature. The Old Man and the Sea was like looking at an x-ray … Continue reading Hemingway

Mundo Overloadus
I am writing this on the first day of a new year that arrived not a nanosecond too soon. We needed a new year as sorely … Continue reading Mundo Overloadus

A New Millennium?
January 1, 2000. Not just a new century, but a new millennium. Spotless, for the briefest moment, though far from empty. Arriving so brimful of promise … Continue reading A New Millennium?

Erich Mühsam and the Berlin Idea Factory
Erich Mühsam (1878-1934) was a German-Jewish antimilitarist anarchist essayist, poet, and playwright. I can check most of those boxes. I tried anarchy in my 20s; it … Continue reading Erich Mühsam and the Berlin Idea Factory

Love no more? Catalonia and Spain
CADAQUÉS, Catalonia, Spain – Dispatch from Spain’s Cold Civil War. Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics are local.” In today’s world, … Continue reading Love no more? Catalonia and Spain

Eye of the Storm
History never crawls or walks. It runs. Sometimes silently as if on the softer sands of time. Sometimes we can hear its footsteps louder as they … Continue reading Eye of the Storm

New World vs. Old World Flipped
As an American writer living in Germany, I care deeply for both countries. It is a strange time to do so, as powers-that-be in Germany and … Continue reading New World vs. Old World Flipped

If it’s Tuesday, it Must be Cold War Again
“May you live in interesting times.” Many Americans coming to Europe are lured by the romance: fountains in Rome, cafés in Paris, Spanish guitars, the cool … Continue reading If it’s Tuesday, it Must be Cold War Again

The Window as Mirror
Look through a window and we see the world outside. Change of focus, and we can see ourselves reflected in that same window. As an American … Continue reading The Window as Mirror

Don Quixote Saving America
You know what tribe I belong to? Put your hand on a table. Now hit it with a rock. If it hurts, then you and I … Continue reading Don Quixote Saving America

A Night in Berlin with Michael Lederer
The U.S. Embassy Literature Series at the English Theatre Berlin in cooperation with PalmArtPress presented Michael Lederer on February 11, 2014. In the following video, Lederer … Continue reading A Night in Berlin with Michael Lederer