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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 2009

Letters at 3AM: Conditions on the Ground

This is no war on terror; we're taking sides in a civil war

Column, Dec. 18, 2009

Letters at 3AM: The Numbers This Time

There exist co-enabling models of therapeutic and addictive wars

Column, Dec. 4, 2009

Letters at 3AM: Auschwitz Up the Block

To retain our humanity, we remember the unthinkable

Column, Nov. 20, 2009

Letters at 3AM: Johnny and Speedy

John Ertha was the first in my experience to embody the passion, courage, mind, and rascality that could be: a man

Column, Nov. 6, 2009

Letters at 3AM: Georges Méliès' Tricks and Treats

Creating the possibility that anything could happen onscreen was the great contribution of Georges Méliès

Column, Oct. 23, 2009

Letters at 3AM: The Missiles of October

Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

Column, Oct. 9, 2009

Letters at 3AM: The Script Needs a Rewrite

Cinema history as it's been commonly taught is just plain wrong

Column, Sep. 25, 2009

Letters at 3AM

We share a collective amnesia about the 1950 U.S. law that permitted the concentration camp internment of known Communists and others "liable to become subversives"

Column, Sep. 11, 2009

Letters at 3AM

The prose themes of Willa Cather are timeless

Column, Aug. 28, 2009

Letters at 3AM

America's ideal of liberty shaped the country's finest authors

Column, Aug. 14, 2009

Letters at 3AM

We did not fall from the Garden; we journeyed away

Column, Jul. 31, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Woodstock was something new upon this earth

Column, Jul. 17, 2009

Letters at 3AM

At the crest of Beatlemania, 18 and hungry for life was some kind of way to be

Column, Jul. 3, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Bad exists in dialectic with good

Column, Jun. 19, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Anthony Powell is the least known of the greatest 20th century novelists

Column, Jun. 5, 2009

Letters at 3AM

'A brilliant cascade of cause and effect' can describe my life

Column, May. 22, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Having a personal relationship with an impersonal God

Column, May. 8, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Homer, the epic poet of ancient Greece, invented the cinematic close-up

Column, Apr. 24, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Obama's bank policy is good for bankers and reckless for us

Column, Apr. 10, 2009

Letters at 3AM

We may come to regret there are so few intelligent conservative voices making themselves heard

Column, Mar. 27, 2009

Letters at 3AM

How far are you willing to go to make a picture?

Column, Mar. 13, 2009

Letters at 3AM

In Screenworld, face-to-face engagement is devalued, yet one is never alone

Column, Feb. 27, 2009

Letters at 3AM

I am not my thoughts; I am not my feelings

Column, Feb. 13, 2009

Letters at 3AM

Every dollar we print is a prayer that China won't turn us away

Column, Jan. 30, 2009

Letters at 3am

Everyone knows there's something extraordinary in the air, and everyone wants it to mean what they want it to mean

Column, Jan. 16, 2009

Letters at 3AM

People who might not want anything to do with me look at my car and know there's something about America we agree on – something embodied in a '69 Chevy Malibu

Column, Jan. 2, 2009