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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.

26 articles in 2007

Letters @ 3AM

Steve Erickson's new novel Zeroville shows what you have to go through to see how monotheism screws up your consciousness

Column, Dec. 21, 2007

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Americans no longer look or sound like, and will never again look or sound like, this country's rigid image of an "American"

Column, Dec. 7, 2007

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I'd never met anyone so different in private from what Norman Mailer appeared to be in public

Column, Nov. 23, 2007

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At least four factors could determine the nominees and results of the next presidential election, and nobody's talking about them yet

Column, Nov. 9, 2007

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The United States failed because its people overvalued their ideals and undervalued their resources

Column, Oct. 26, 2007

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An economy of speculation is an economy of debt

Column, Oct. 12, 2007

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A report from 2107: The decline and fall of the former United States of America

Column, Sep. 28, 2007

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Elation is complicated. It can be joy, but it can also be terror – and it can be both, and more

Column, Sep. 14, 2007

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The current economic crisis is real, probably systemic, and maybe dire

Column, Aug. 31, 2007

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Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini: The great achievement of these film directors was to create living souls to look at, that we might know ourselves

Column, Aug. 17, 2007

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8:15am, the moment Hiroshima was bombed, comes around every morning: It is something we live with

Column, Aug. 3, 2007

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If I hadn't become a writer, I'm sure I would still keep the scribbles and torn scraps that I jot down like fragments from an inner life

Column, Jul. 20, 2007

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The craziness of this country is that our public and private discussions have almost nothing to do with each other

Column, Jul. 6, 2007

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Financially and militarily, we're not a superpower anymore – though no presidential candidate can admit that

Column, Jun. 22, 2007

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Excerpts from Cassavetes Directs, Ventura's forthcoming book about the making of the film Love Streams

Column, Jun. 8, 2007

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No class can cultivate what a writer most needs, the gift I call the 'talent of the room'

Column, May. 25, 2007

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Freedom is beautiful and dangerous: That has been the theme of American writers since the beginning

Column, May. 11, 2007

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Heterosexuals are no longer the sole 'official' definers of marriage and gender.

Column, Apr. 27, 2007

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Family life in the Bible mirrors the worst in anyone's family

Column, Apr. 13, 2007

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People in the small towns of the West and Midwest are watching their communities, and their way of life, shrivel and die.

Column, Mar. 30, 2007

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These Lubbock friends of mine were always writing books – thick notebooks of drawings and words

Column, Mar. 16, 2007

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Like everybody else, I’ve come to take the computer’s marvels for granted. I’ve even come to take for granted that, roughly every two years, I’ve got to shell out for a new model.

Column, Mar. 1, 2007

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U.S. military action against Iran is not likely to be tolerated by Europe, Russia, and China

Column, Feb. 16, 2007

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The widespread and richly deserved condemnation of President Bush's new Iraq "plan" has been high on rhetoric and low on specificity

Column, Feb. 2, 2007

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This is the number of deaths a year caused by how we do (or don't do) health care. A decade of that, and it's as though terrorists nuked Chicago.

Column, Jan. 19, 2007

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When your novel crawls along at about a paragraph per night and your apartment is tired of your company, then hooray for Hollywood and trans-fat popcorn: A summary of the movies seen by Ventura in 2006.

Column, Jan. 5, 2007