Contributing Writer, Letters at 3AM
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.
26 articles in 2002
Reflections on how Western civilization lost its moral authority.
Column, Dec. 27, 2002
You don't think that this whole thing with Iraq could have anything to do with the fact that Iraq sits on 10% of the world's oil reserves? Naw. It's gotta be them weapons of mass destruction.
Column, Dec. 13, 2002
Weapons of Mass Deception
Column, Nov. 29, 2002
America has engaged in a long-term strategy, through three presidential administrations, to take over the Iraqi people whom we've made helpless from a ruthless form of bio-warfare.
Column, Nov. 15, 2002
You can't always be who you want, but if you try sometime you just might find you can be who you need.
Column, Nov. 1, 2002
Column, Oct. 18, 2002
The author offers notes for a poem that tells how the America of our hearts is a forgotten country.
Column, Oct. 4, 2002
The White House is intent on totalitarian measures and war; it employs incoherence because it cannot speak plainly of its machinations.
Column, Sep. 20, 2002
While remembering September 11, we owe it to ourselves to remember what its horrors have been shamelessly manipulated to obscure.
Column, Sep. 6, 2002
Column, Aug. 23, 2002
All the tumult, all the culture, all the relentless historical brouhaha, has not changed the irreducible loneliness that haunts us.
Column, Aug. 9, 2002
The Flatlanders' collective voice of experience still dares the odds and rings true.
Column, Jul. 26, 2002
Four meditations on three undefinable words: I love you.
Column, Jul. 12, 2002
With inaction, inattention, cowardice, and stupidity, Americans are watching tyranny take shape in plain sight before our eyes, while the overwhelming majority say and do nothing.
Column, Jun. 28, 2002
Learning about "manhood" from the movies
Column, Jun. 14, 2002
Learning about "manhood" from the movies.
Column, May. 31, 2002
A fantasist's view of the rise of monotheism.
Column, May. 17, 2002
The gargoyles guarding the great cathedrals are a part of religion, a part of humanity, even a part of God. You come to be redeemed, but it's possible you'll be devoured.
Column, May. 3, 2002
Why has the Bush administration ignored warnings about the catastrophes that would befall our nation as a result of a terrorist attack on any of our 103 nuclear plants?
Column, Apr. 19, 2002
A proposal for grading high school literature students gauges their “engagement” with the material.
Column, Apr. 5, 2002
In setting up a "shadow" government, the Bush administration has flouted its obligation to obey and enforce the Constitution. September 11 may be the best thing to happen to Bush totalitarians.
Column, Mar. 22, 2002
Michael Ventura observes the great John Cassavetes at work on the set of his next-to-last movie Love Streams.
Column, Mar. 8, 2002
War movies are back ... but they don't make them like they used to.
Column, Feb. 22, 2002
To be an artist is to live a life of service to one's gift.
Column, Feb. 8, 2002
Column, Jan. 25, 2002
Michael Ventura weighs in with his Top 5 list of 2001's best film and television moments.
Column, Jan. 11, 2002