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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.

26 articles in 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Capacity to Take It

Perseverance is the spine of the human condition

Column, Dec. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: If We Make It Through December

Everywhere I looked for a merry Christmas, I found contradictions too disturbing to ignore and paradoxes too entrenched to resolve

Column, Dec. 12, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Wake of the Red Witch

Everything that begins also ends

Column, Nov. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: JFK and That Hard Rain

When boomers and their offspring die out, Kennedy's assassination will have the approximate historical echo of William McKinley's

Column, Nov. 21, 2013

Letters at 3AM: In Greta Garbo's Bungalow

As beautiful as Greta Garbo was, she was something more

Column, Oct. 31, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Articles of Faith

"That all things are possible is God"

Column, Oct. 17, 2013

He Took the Cat to Texas: Part 2

Suicide was the last lens through which Mayer Vishner gazed upon life

Column, Oct. 3, 2013

Letters at 3AM: He Took the Cat to Texas

This is the final story in the many-storied life of Mayer Vishner

Column, Sep. 19, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Curious Case of the Missing Quotation

Jimmy Carter says the U.S. has no functioning democracy at present, and the press goes silent

Column, Sep. 5, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Just Since April

Secret surveillance efforts fly in the face of our Constitution

Column, Aug. 22, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation: Part 7

Journalists and political commentators largely ignore the facts they know

Column, Aug. 8, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 6

The Ninth and Tenth are the invisible Bill of Rights amendments – universally ignored

Column, Jul. 25, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 5

Our Bill of Rights guarantees are breaking down in state justice systems across the country

Column, Jul. 11, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Patriot Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is the American equivalent of the man who stood in front of that tank in Tiananmen Square

Column, Jun. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 4

With the consent of the governed, the United States government has gone rogue and violated international law

Column, Jun. 13, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Obama's May 23 Speech

Obama deftly weaves vagueness, misdirection, and a few outright lies

Column, May. 30, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 3

The Fifth Amendment no longer exists as a functioning law of the land

Column, May. 16, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 2

Laws arbitrarily enforced (or not enforced) according to the whims of the authorities are no longer laws

Column, May. 2, 2013

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 1

We are governed today by an arbitrary legal hodgepodge

Column, Apr. 18, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Me, Myself, I, and Muriel

A poem can awaken many selves

Column, Apr. 4, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Miss Sunshine Takes Another Bow

Those who are both greatly gifted and severely damaged must remain true to their gifts

Column, Mar. 21, 2013

Letters at 3am: Doppelgängers

Across generations and geography, doppelgängers emerge

Column, Mar. 7, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Future Loose Amongst Us

Digitalized fabrication changes everything we know about work and government

Column, Feb. 21, 2013

Letters at 3AM: The Revolution Will Be Printed

Digital fabrication will change the course of the future

Column, Feb. 7, 2013

Letters at 3AM: What Are Human Beings For?

No I, only robot

Column, Jan. 24, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Notes on a Long, Long Journey

Artists are but translators of that which flows through them

Column, Jan. 10, 2013