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Michael Ventura

Michael Ventura's recent books are If I Was a Highway: Essays by Michael Ventura and Photographs by Butch Hancock (2011) and Cassavetes Directs: John Cassavetes and the Making of Love Streams (2007). His novel-in-progress, The Dragon, is very long.

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From the Vault: “The Guilt of Frank Sinatra”

As ASO toasts Sinatra in concert, we revisit a Michael Ventura classic

Arts Daily, Dec. 29, 2015 9:30 AM

Letters at 3AM: As Time Goes By

"I'm not quitting. I'm turning," says Michael Ventura in his final column

Column, Nov. 13, 2014

Letters at 3am: The World That Calls Itself "the World"

We're capable of so much – and look what we've settled for

Column, Oct. 30, 2014

Letters at 3am: The Future Dot-Dot-Dot

Ellipses express exactly my sense of the future

Column, Oct. 16, 2014

Letters at 3AM: A Long Goodbye

In the first of four parting columns, Michael Ventura announces his decision to end his bieweekly column

Column, Oct. 2, 2014

Letters at 3am: Joe Ely's Reverb: An Odyssey

The road goes on forever, and there's never a destination

Column, Sep. 18, 2014

Letters At 3AM: Karen Holden's This Music

This Music, Karen Holden's new poetry collection, expresses the connection between the self and the world

Column, Sep. 4, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Connectivity/Vulnerability: Part 2

The boundaries of everything are wavering and disappearing

Column, Aug. 21, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Vulnerability/Connectivity, Part 1

As a species, we have a desire to connect electonically, but not ideologically

Column, Aug. 7, 2014

Letters at 3AM: So Big Deal, Hemingway

Will Huck Finn be a valuable and immortal American archetype in the future?

Column, Jul. 24, 2014

'Slap Noir'

BigBoy Medlin's dark comic novel of West Texas: an excerpt

Arts Feature, Jul. 17, 2014

Letters at 3AM: That Word 'Oligarchy'

Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time

Column, Jul. 10, 2014

Letters at 3am: Oligarchy Blues

Without fair elections and a viable legislative process at federal and state levels, the republic no longer exists

Column, Jun. 26, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Snyder 'R' Us

Despite the illusion of autonomy, we have been colonized by the Oligarchy

Column, Jun. 12, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Hitting the Street

Michael Ventura remembers how poverty bred contempt toward those he loved the most

Column, May. 29, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Nameless Moon, Etc.

Ventura unpacks his folders full of sentences without homes, and other remnants excised from this and that

Column, May. 15, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Musicians of Behavior

Actors are musicians of behavior

Column, May. 1, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Sadness That Stays

When the world inside you is no longer the world around you, that's called aging

Column, Apr. 17, 2014

Letters at 3AM: To Sit on a Park Bench

The park bench is a fine and honorable place to end up

Column, Apr. 3, 2014

Letters at 3AM – Manifesto: A Radical Aesthetics

Get stuff out there; work with cause: That's the genesis of LettersAt3amPress

Column, Mar. 20, 2014

Letters at 3AM: BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'

James BigBoy Medlin's 'Slap Noir' changed my life in a most concrete fashion

Column, Mar. 6, 2014

How to Write a Book

If you think you have a book in you, it's important to find out if you really do

Column, Feb. 20, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Today, 100 Years Ago

On Feb. 7, 1914, the world first beheld Charlie Chaplin on the screen in his iconic getup

Column, Feb. 6, 2014

Letters at 3AM: February 1914

Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp was really born in 'Kid Auto Races at Venice,' not 'Mabel's Strange Predicament,' as commonly thought

Column, Jan. 23, 2014

Letters at 3AM: 3% Neanderthal

Our DNA has seen it all before – and survived

Column, Jan. 9, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Capacity to Take It

Perseverance is the spine of the human condition

Column, Dec. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: If We Make It Through December

Everywhere I looked for a merry Christmas, I found contradictions too disturbing to ignore and paradoxes too entrenched to resolve

Column, Dec. 12, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Wake of the Red Witch

Everything that begins also ends

Column, Nov. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: JFK and That Hard Rain

When boomers and their offspring die out, Kennedy's assassination will have the approximate historical echo of William McKinley's

Column, Nov. 21, 2013

Letters at 3AM: In Greta Garbo's Bungalow

As beautiful as Greta Garbo was, she was something more

Column, Oct. 31, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Articles of Faith

"That all things are possible is God"

Column, Oct. 17, 2013

He Took the Cat to Texas: Part 2

Suicide was the last lens through which Mayer Vishner gazed upon life

Column, Oct. 3, 2013

Letters at 3AM: He Took the Cat to Texas

This is the final story in the many-storied life of Mayer Vishner

Column, Sep. 19, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Curious Case of the Missing Quotation

Jimmy Carter says the U.S. has no functioning democracy at present, and the press goes silent

Column, Sep. 5, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Just Since April

Secret surveillance efforts fly in the face of our Constitution

Column, Aug. 22, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation: Part 7

Journalists and political commentators largely ignore the facts they know

Column, Aug. 8, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 6

The Ninth and Tenth are the invisible Bill of Rights amendments – universally ignored

Column, Jul. 25, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 5

Our Bill of Rights guarantees are breaking down in state justice systems across the country

Column, Jul. 11, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Patriot Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is the American equivalent of the man who stood in front of that tank in Tiananmen Square

Column, Jun. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 4

With the consent of the governed, the United States government has gone rogue and violated international law

Column, Jun. 13, 2013

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