Michael Rutschky grew up in Spangenberg, Hesse. From 1963 to 1971, he studied Sociology, Literary Science and Philosophy at the Universities Frankfurt am Main (amongst others under Theodor W. Adorno and Jurgen Habermas), Gottingen and FU Berlin. From 1969 to 1978, he worked as a social researcher at the Freie Universitat Berlin; he would attain a Doctorate there as a Doctor of Philosophy. From 1979 to 1984, he lived in Munich. There he belonged to the Editing of the periodical Merkur and the editor of the TransAtlantik in 1980/81. Since 1985, he again works and lives in Berlin. From 1985 to 1997, he was contributing editor to the periodical Der Alltag.
Michael Rutschky is a writer of essays in whose Narrative passages and sociological interpretation of the everyday present enter into an original mixture and a comical work not seldom produced.
Michael Rutschky is a member of the PEN Zentrums Deutschland. He received the 1997 Heinrich Mann Prize; in 1999 he held the poetic dozent of the University of Heidelberg. He is Scholar at the Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg.
He was married to the educationalist and publisher Katharina Rutschky until her death in January 2010.
Schuler im Literaturunterricht (Students in the Literary Teaching), Cologne 1975 (together with Hartmut Eggert and Hans Christoph Berg)
Studien zur psychoanalytischen Interpretation von Literatur (Studies of the Psychoanalytical Interpretation of Literature), Berlin 1978