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.
27 articles in 2003
Learning to listen to your soul in all aspects of your life.
Column, Dec. 26, 2003
Memories of the first stirring of Self and Soul.
Column, Dec. 12, 2003
The institution of marriage has been undone by the changes brought about by modern technology and therefore has nothing to fear from the legalization of gay marriages.
Column, Nov. 28, 2003
The cancellation of The Reagans by CBS was an act of cowardice in the face of noise from the afar-right banshees.
Column, Nov. 14, 2003
"Mediocrity is never passive; it avenges itself for its deprivation." -- Nelson Algren
Column, Oct. 31, 2003
Forgive Elia Kazan his sins, but never forget his lousy deeds.
Column, Oct. 17, 2003
Having children used to be necessary for a family's economic survival; in the last century it has instead become a choice.
Column, Oct. 3, 2003
Europe, Russia, and China can help install a new administration in the White House in 2008 by refusing to bail out Bush on his Iraq misadventure now.
Column, Sep. 19, 2003
Americans are paying the price for lies about Iraq told by their leaders.
Column, Sep. 5, 2003
Fifty years ago, almost all movies were made for adults, yet children went to see them on their own or with others, and in the process, learned the mysteries of our cultural ideology.
Column, Aug. 22, 2003
Ralph Nader's stubborn refusal to acknowledge any difference between the Republican and Democratic political platforms cost the Democrats the election.
Column, Aug. 8, 2003
We have replaced our concept of the heroic with the superheroic, and the sense of the possible with the impossible.
Column, Jul. 25, 2003
Two words have been missing in all the hubbub about the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas decision striking down laws against homosexual sodomy: Thank you.
Column, Jul. 11, 2003
Stanley Crawford's new book, The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays, reminds us that we must all do our part.
Column, Jun. 27, 2003
Seniors graduate into the world of the Bush junta.
Column, Jun. 13, 2003
Within or Beneath the Din
Column, May. 30, 2003
A Little Late, For Bix
Column, May. 16, 2003
We call them "retirees," although in other cultures and eras they would be elders, but if they had anything real to do they wouldn't be coming here to Jean, Nevada.
Column, May. 2, 2003
Winning the war in Iraq is not a measure of our country's morality.
Column, Apr. 18, 2003
Thoughts on the war's explosions of bombs, dreams, and preconceptions.
Column, Apr. 4, 2003
George W. Bush refuses to put our money where his mouth is in matters of domestic defense, even though all the experts testify that America is as vulnerable to major terrorist attacks today as it was on 9 / 11.
Column, Mar. 21, 2003
One hundred years after "The Great Train Robbery," motion pictures have transformed consciousness into a Kingdom of Shadows.
Column, Mar. 7, 2003
In its unjustified rush to war, the Bush administration wants Americans to apply ample amounts of duct tape over their eyes, ears, and mouths.
Column, Feb. 21, 2003
Our national preparations for war follow a choreography that has predetermined steps.
Column, Feb. 7, 2003
Is Bush lying about Iraq? Can he prove that he's not?
Column, Jan. 24, 2003
Even though 2002 was an exceptional year for American cinema, American art has never been more marginalized, ghettoized, and controlled, than it is today.
Column, Jan. 10, 2003
In 2002, cinema has been the healthiest of our arts. The movies' range and variety relieve what has otherwise been a bleak time for our culture and our Constitution.
Column, Jan. 3, 2003