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Michael Ventura

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 2010

Letters at 3AM: Improvising the Coming World

A planetary culture is crystallizing

Column, Dec. 31, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Shindig on Effie Street

The silent film comedians at Keystone Films lived their art

Column, Dec. 17, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Of Mayhem and Delight

The Keystone films, especially those of Charles Chaplin, reflected the present and heralded the future

Column, Dec. 3, 2010

Letters at 3AM: The Palin-Obama Convergence

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are actually the same person

Column, Nov. 19, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Who's That Girl?

Singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom is an inimitable genius

Column, Nov. 5, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Where We Actually Live: Part II

The country the tea partiers want back no longer exists

Column, Oct. 22, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Where We Actually Live

A nation that lets its infrastructure crumble will wake one fine day to find itself crippled

Column, Oct. 8, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Beginnings

How I learned that writing for publication wasn't just about me

Column, Sep. 24, 2010

Letters at 3AM: The 'Austin Sun' Gets Hung

Old Austin Sun writers may have expected to hang, but not in a museum

Column, Sep. 10, 2010

Letters at 3AM: The Thing About Words

Words are the property of all

Column, Aug. 27, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Jesus Walking the Panhandle

The Christian cross is a question mark

Column, Aug. 13, 2010

Letters at 3AM: For All Reasons

Terry Allen's music reflects the Lubbock mindset

Column, Jul. 30, 2010

Letters at 3AM: A Fallen Catholic in a Fallen Church

I can't hide from my sins and, now, neither can the church

Column, Jul. 16, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Dead and Alive on the Fourth of July

A eulogy spoken over the coffin of our empire

Column, Jul. 2, 2010

Letters at 3AM: A Night in Barcelona

The collision between human truths and political truths results in no truth

Column, Jun. 18, 2010

Letters at 3AM: In the Margins of Oligarchy

Society is created by a mass of individual choices

Column, Jun. 4, 2010

Letters at 3AM: A Paradox of Oligarchy

'Am I my brother's keeper?' is the fundamental question of government

Column, May. 21, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Of Tiers and Tears

The isolation of the Professional Tier is the single most destructive element in American society today

Column, May. 7, 2010

Letters at 3AM: 'O' Is for Oligarchy (Continued)

The American Oligarchy has been growing for decades, and we've been its enablers

Column, Apr. 23, 2010

Letters at 3AM: 'O' Is for Oligarchy

'Oligarchy' is a big, bad word that defines the country we still call a republic

Column, Apr. 9, 2010

Letters at 3AM: 'Roadie': 30 Years Later

The screenwriter of Roadie visits his younger, more serious self

Column, Mar. 26, 2010

Letters at 3AM: The Dragon on Sennett's Hill

Hollywood is an electric dragon

Column, Mar. 12, 2010

Letters at 3am: Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow

For many American families, one salary is not enough to keep everyone in the household fed

Column, Feb. 26, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Open Letter to Sharon Doubiago

The reason I can't read Sharon Doubiago's book is that I, like she, was shaped by incest and rape

Column, Feb. 12, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Behold The Maslin

The Maslin is not a person but, rather, a function of virtually every book-review staff in the Western world

Column, Jan. 29, 2010

Letters at 3AM: Critical to the Success

Pakistani public opinion runs strongly against the United States, even though our president insists we're partners fighting a common enemy

Column, Jan. 15, 2010

Letters at 3AM: My Top 10 of All Top 10s

A list of the Top 10 cultural artifacts that have shaped my life

Column, Jan. 1, 2010