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Michael Ventura

Contributing Writer, Letters at 3AM

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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.

28 articles in 2001

Letters at 3am

We are swiftly losing our civil liberties as a result of the USA-PATRIOT Act, although this administration has shown it is not impervious to citizen complaints.

Column, Dec. 28, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The Bush White House is mounting the most sustained and successful attack on the Constitution in America's history and not enough of us are willing to say it publicly.

Column, Dec. 21, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The Bush White House is mounting the most sustained and successful attack on the Constitution in America's history and not enough of us are willing to say it publicly.

Column, Dec. 14, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Our president and attorney general have turned the protection of our civil liberties into the new national crisis.

Column, Nov. 30, 2001

Re: Resisting Evildoers

Defense against one's enemies presents a conflict for individuals who identify themselves as members of a Christian society instructed to turn the other cheek.

Column, Nov. 16, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Sometime in the wee hours of September 12, George W. Bush realized that he is the President of United States and rose from his previous ineffectuality to meet the occasion.

Column, Nov. 2, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein offered a metaphor for the modern age, one in which the monster is the unacknowledged dark side of the inventor or creator.

Column, Oct. 19, 2001

Letters at 3AM

As events unfolded on September 11, it became difficult to overcome the impression that no one was in charge.

Column, Oct. 5, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The 21st Century Announces Itself

Column, Sep. 21, 2001

Look Ma, No Hands!

How the underground press evolved into the alternative press.

Column, Sep. 7, 2001

Open Letter to Vanessa Leggett

We're all in trouble, along with Vanessa Leggett, if the governement begins defining who is and who is not a true journalist.

Column, Aug. 31, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Technological progress is altering fundamental issues of identity.

Column, Aug. 17, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The total absence of popular backlash to the paganism of The Mists of Avalon shows that the American fundamentalist influeunce has begun to ebb.

Column, Aug. 3, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The Holocauust reminds us that in order to save ouselves we must know ourselves

Column, Jul. 20, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Robert Bly's new book of poems is a haunting work that evokes all hisotry and culture.

Column, Jul. 6, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon asks whether we’re really living … and if not, why not?

Column, Jun. 22, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Monet's Water Lilies transport us to a time before the definition of eyesight and humanity.

Column, Jun. 8, 2001

'Great' Gen an' Their 'Good' War

Column, May. 25, 2001

An Activity of Alchemies

The alchemy of baseball makes possible the elongation and compression of time.

Column, May. 11, 2001

Letters at 3AM

McGuffey's Readers helped establish American education as we know it (or knew it).

Column, Apr. 27, 2001

The Gospel According to Hollywood

Easter is a time for resurrectiing Hollywood's biblical epics.

Column, Apr. 13, 2001

Walk Across Texas

Remembering Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the first white Texan.

Column, Mar. 30, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Our secret fantasies were made public by Elvis Presley.

Column, Mar. 16, 2001

Letters at 3AM

The experience of jazz is the experience of beauty

Column, Mar. 2, 2001

Letters at 3AM

Actions are our only true belongings.

Column, Feb. 16, 2001

Letters at 3AM

If you want to understand the legacy of Bill Clinton forget the Elvis analogies and remember Orson Welles, who created film characters marked by their own self-corruption.

Column, Feb. 2, 2001

A Question of Beauty

The function of beauty is to connect our innermost being to the world.

Column, Jan. 19, 2001

Letters at 3AM

They may not truthfully reflect the way we live, but sometimes the big and small screen present honest explorations of the way we dream. The year 2000 gave us some exceptionally fine works in this regard.

Column, Jan. 5, 2001