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So Big Deal, Hemingway

Will Huck Finn be a valuable and immortal American archetype in the future?

Michael Ventura, Jul. 24, 2014

That Word 'Oligarchy'

Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time

Michael Ventura, Jul. 10, 2014

Oligarchy Blues

Without fair elections and a viable legislative process at federal and state levels, the republic no longer exists

Michael Ventura, Jun. 26, 2014

Snyder 'R' Us

Despite the illusion of autonomy, we have been colonized by the Oligarchy

Michael Ventura, Jun. 12, 2014

Hitting the Street

Michael Ventura remembers how poverty bred contempt toward those he loved the most

Michael Ventura, May. 29, 2014

The Nameless Moon, Etc.

Ventura unpacks his folders full of sentences without homes, and other remnants excised from this and that

Michael Ventura, May. 15, 2014

Musicians of Behavior

Actors are musicians of behavior

Michael Ventura, May. 1, 2014

The Sadness That Stays

When the world inside you is no longer the world around you, that's called aging

Michael Ventura, Apr. 17, 2014

To Sit on a Park Bench

The park bench is a fine and honorable place to end up

Michael Ventura, Apr. 3, 2014

Letters at 3AM – Manifesto: A Radical Aesthetics

Get stuff out there; work with cause: That's the genesis of LettersAt3amPress

Michael Ventura, Mar. 20, 2014

BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'

James BigBoy Medlin's 'Slap Noir' changed my life in a most concrete fashion

Michael Ventura, Mar. 6, 2014

How to Write a Book

If you think you have a book in you, it's important to find out if you really do

Michael Ventura, Feb. 20, 2014

Today, 100 Years Ago

On Feb. 7, 1914, the world first beheld Charlie Chaplin on the screen in his iconic getup

Michael Ventura, Feb. 6, 2014

February 1914

Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp was really born in 'Kid Auto Races at Venice,' not 'Mabel's Strange Predicament,' as commonly thought

Michael Ventura, Jan. 23, 2014

3% Neanderthal

Our DNA has seen it all before – and survived

Michael Ventura, Jan. 9, 2014

The Capacity to Take It

Perseverance is the spine of the human condition

Michael Ventura, Dec. 27, 2013

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

Michael Ventura, Dec. 12, 2013

Wake of the Red Witch

Everything that begins also ends

Michael Ventura, Nov. 27, 2013

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

Michael Ventura, Nov. 21, 2013

In Greta Garbo's Bungalow

As beautiful as Greta Garbo was, she was something more

Michael Ventura, Oct. 31, 2013

Articles of Faith

"That all things are possible is God"

Michael Ventura, Oct. 17, 2013

He Took the Cat to Texas: Part 2

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

Michael Ventura, Oct. 3, 2013

He Took the Cat to Texas

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

Michael Ventura, Sep. 19, 2013

The Curious Case of the Missing Quotation

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

Michael Ventura, Sep. 5, 2013

Just Since April

Secret surveillance efforts fly in the face of our Constitution

Michael Ventura, Aug. 22, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation: Part 7

Journalists and political commentators largely ignore the facts they know

Michael Ventura, Aug. 8, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 6

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

Michael Ventura, Jul. 25, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 5

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

Michael Ventura, Jul. 11, 2013

The Patriot Edward Snowden

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

Michael Ventura, Jun. 27, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 4

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

Michael Ventura, Jun. 13, 2013

Obama's May 23 Speech

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

Michael Ventura, May. 30, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 3

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

Michael Ventura, May. 16, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 2

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

Michael Ventura, May. 2, 2013

An Arbitrary Nation, Part 1

We are governed today by an arbitrary legal hodgepodge

Michael Ventura, Apr. 18, 2013

Me, Myself, I, and Muriel

A poem can awaken many selves

Michael Ventura, Apr. 4, 2013

Miss Sunshine Takes Another Bow

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

Michael Ventura, Mar. 21, 2013

Doppelgängers

Across generations and geography, doppelgängers emerge

Michael Ventura, Mar. 7, 2013

The Future Loose Amongst Us

Digitalized fabrication changes everything we know about work and government

Michael Ventura, Feb. 21, 2013

The Revolution Will Be Printed

Digital fabrication will change the course of the future

Michael Ventura, Feb. 7, 2013

What Are Human Beings For?

No I, only robot

Michael Ventura, Jan. 24, 2013

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