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 2006
One of the great lessons of civilizations is that smarts don't count for much in the long run
Column, Dec. 22, 2006
The film Babel is winning awards, but none of them for Best Comedy. It seems I'm fated to laugh alone.
Column, Dec. 8, 2006
Democrats may vote for laws like the PATRIOT Act that gut the Bill of Rights, but Democrats do not initiate laws that abolish our freedoms – an important distinction.
Column, Nov. 24, 2006
Something in me still wants to be a World War I fighter pilot which is not only nuts, but helps me understand why we will always make war
Column, Nov. 10, 2006
Republican stewardship of our government has miserably failed. Polls show that Americans finally realize this, but we don't know if that will translate into votes.
Column, Oct. 27, 2006
On September 28, key rights guaranteed by our Constitution, plus the central tenet of the Magna Carta, were nullified by an act of Congress specifically, the Military Commissions Act of 2006
Column, Oct. 13, 2006
According to a 'USA Today' survey, 30% of all American youth hope to have careers in the arts. Who's been lying to these children?
Column, Sep. 29, 2006
The greatest sins of newspapers are sins of omission and emphasis. Historical context is usually ignored, and though facts are reported truly, a lack of context can make the facts lie.
Column, Sep. 15, 2006
Every contributor to a newspaper not least, the letter-writers and ad designers creates an artifact precious to history
Column, Sep. 1, 2006
To blame disasters like the Twin Towers and New Orleans on a few perpetrators is to ignore the greater disasters that are the foundation upon which the developed world lives: our attempts to hold on to an unsustainable way of life
Column, Aug. 18, 2006
The greatest danger to Israel, in the long term, is its dependence on the United States
Column, Aug. 4, 2006
Ban what you please, although the current campaign against secondhand smoke will not prevent the 21st-century universe from killing us. It merely provides the illusion of safety.
Column, Jul. 21, 2006
The pattern repeats across the country. Talk tough against immigrants for the redneck vote, then stop any anti-immigrant operation that costs businesses money which means all of 'em.
Column, Jul. 7, 2006
On this drive, the universe condensed into one word: invitation.
Column, Jun. 23, 2006
The history of Mary Magdalene is more mysterious than any pulp yarn
Column, Jun. 9, 2006
The federal government benefits from undocumented workers, therefore something is owed those workers in return: justice
Column, May. 26, 2006
Apart from the boycott, and separate from it, the theme of May 1 was, over and over: Register and vote.
Column, May. 12, 2006
Three fronts of transformative change in U.S. society: the allowance of Christian proselytizing in the U.S. Air Force Academy, Halliburton's receipt of government contracts to build detention centers for Homeland Security, and the rise of the Latino electorate
Column, Apr. 28, 2006
It's never too late to see yourself as you are
Column, Apr. 14, 2006
No matter if it's an unknown young singer like 17-year-old Sahara Smith in a little club on South Lamar (the "unknown" part won't last long in her case), no matter if it's in the room of an unknown poet destined to remain unknown, no matter there are acts of creation, however desperate, that cannot be stopped.
Column, Mar. 31, 2006
Bob Dylan says he doesn't know how a guy like him came out of a place like Hibbing. He's been saying things like that for 40 years and I don't know a rock critic who doesn't take him at his word. But I also don't know a rock critic who's been to Hibbing. I wanted to see for myself.
Column, Mar. 17, 2006
When we say, "This is Nature, and this is not," we're just picking and choosing according to our ideologies, desires, and needs in other words, a power play to make life behave as we wish. That it never does is life's answer to our machinations.
Column, Mar. 3, 2006
Our national self-doubt and self-conflict are nothing new, but what is new, in the last 40 years or so, is a state of confused and conflicted values. It is the signature of our era that we live in a world so unstable that its limits may be tested merely by a bumper sticker.
Column, Feb. 17, 2006
Unless my transmission conks out in a place like Bossier City, a guy like me hasn't much chance to hear out a guy like Virgil
Column, Feb. 3, 2006
Silence is not an option, if our Constitution is ever again to rise from the paper on which it was written
Column, Jan. 20, 2006
The president and his people have broken the laws governing warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens and furthermore, lied about it, repeatedly and knowingly
Column, Jan. 6, 2006