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 2007
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
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
I'd never met anyone so different in private from what Norman Mailer appeared to be in public
Column, Nov. 23, 2007
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
The United States failed because its people overvalued their ideals and undervalued their resources
Column, Oct. 26, 2007
An economy of speculation is an economy of debt
Column, Oct. 12, 2007
A report from 2107: The decline and fall of the former United States of America
Column, Sep. 28, 2007
Elation is complicated. It can be joy, but it can also be terror – and it can be both, and more
Column, Sep. 14, 2007
The current economic crisis is real, probably systemic, and maybe dire
Column, Aug. 31, 2007
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
8:15am, the moment Hiroshima was bombed, comes around every morning: It is something we live with
Column, Aug. 3, 2007
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
The craziness of this country is that our public and
private discussions have almost nothing to do with each
Column, Jul. 6, 2007
Financially and militarily, we're not a superpower anymore
though no presidential candidate can admit that
Column, Jun. 22, 2007
Excerpts from Cassavetes Directs, Ventura's forthcoming book about the making of the film Love Streams
Column, Jun. 8, 2007
No class can cultivate what a writer most needs, the gift I call the 'talent of the room'
Column, May. 25, 2007
Freedom is beautiful and dangerous: That has been the theme of American writers since the beginning
Column, May. 11, 2007
Heterosexuals are no longer the sole 'official' definers of marriage and gender.
Column, Apr. 27, 2007
Family life in the Bible mirrors the worst in anyone's family
Column, Apr. 13, 2007
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
These Lubbock friends of mine were always writing books thick notebooks of drawings and words
Column, Mar. 16, 2007
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
U.S. military action against Iran is not likely to be tolerated by Europe, Russia, and China
Column, Feb. 16, 2007
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
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
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