Michael Ventura

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.

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Here We Go Yet Again
Here We Go Yet Again
Michael Ventura revisits his "Letters at 3am" Columbine column

Chronolog, Feb. 16, 2018

From the Vault: “The Guilt of Frank Sinatra”
“The Guilt of Frank Sinatra”
As ASO toasts Sinatra in concert, we revisit a Michael Ventura classic

Arts, Dec. 29, 2015

Letters at 3AM: As Time Goes By
Letters at 3AM: As Time Goes By
"I'm not quitting. I'm turning," says Michael Ventura in his final column

Columns, Nov. 13, 2014

Letters at 3am: The World 
That Calls Itself
Letters at 3am: The World That Calls Itself "the World"
We're capable of so much – and look what we've settled for

Columns, Oct. 30, 2014

Letters at 3am: The Future Dot-Dot-Dot
Letters at 3am: The Future Dot-Dot-Dot
Ellipses express exactly my sense of the future

Columns, Oct. 16, 2014

Letters at 3AM: A Long Goodbye
Letters at 3AM: A Long Goodbye
In the first of four parting columns, Michael Ventura announces his decision to end his biweekly column

Columns, Oct. 2, 2014

Letters at 3am: Joe Ely's <i>Reverb: An Odyssey</i>
Letters at 3am: Joe Ely's Reverb: An Odyssey
The road goes on forever, and there's never a destination

Columns, Sept. 18, 2014

Letters At 3AM: Karen Holden's <i>This Music</i>
Letters At 3AM: Karen Holden's This Music
This Music, Karen Holden's new poetry collection, expresses the connection between the self and the world

Columns, Sept. 4, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Connectivity/Vulnerability: Part 2
Letters at 3AM: Connectivity/Vulnerability: Part 2
The boundaries of everything are wavering and disappearing

Columns, Aug. 21, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Vulnerability/Connectivity, Part 1
Letters at 3AM: Vulnerability/Connectivity, Part 1
As a species, we have a desire to connect electronically, but not ideologically

Columns, Aug. 7, 2014

Letters at 3AM: So Big Deal, Hemingway
Letters at 3AM: So Big Deal, Hemingway
Will Huck Finn be a valuable and immortal American archetype in the future?

Columns, July 24, 2014

'Slap Noir'
About James BigBoy Medlin
BigBoy Medlin's dark comic novel of West Texas: an excerpt

Arts, July 17, 2014

Letters at 3AM: That Word 'Oligarchy'
Letters at 3AM: That Word 'Oligarchy'
Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time

Columns, July 10, 2014

Letters at 3am: Oligarchy Blues
Letters at 3am: Oligarchy Blues
Without fair elections and a viable legislative process at federal and state levels, the republic no longer exists

Columns, June 26, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Snyder 'R' Us
Letters at 3AM: Snyder 'R' Us
Despite the illusion of autonomy, we have been colonized by the Oligarchy

Columns, June 12, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Hitting the Street
Letters at 3AM: Hitting the Street
Michael Ventura remembers how poverty bred contempt toward those he loved the most

Columns, May 29, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Nameless Moon, Etc.
Letters at 3AM: The Nameless Moon, Etc.
Ventura unpacks his folders full of sentences without homes, and other remnants excised from this and that

Columns, May 15, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Musicians of Behavior
Letters at 3AM: Musicians of Behavior
Actors are musicians of behavior

Columns, May 1, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Sadness That Stays
Letters at 3AM: The Sadness That Stays
When the world inside you is no longer the world around you, that's called aging

Columns, April 17, 2014

Letters at 3AM: To Sit on a Park Bench
Letters at 3AM: To Sit on a Park Bench
The park bench is a fine and honorable place to end up

Columns, April 3, 2014

Letters at 3AM – Manifesto: A Radical Aesthetics
Letters at 3AM – Manifesto: A Radical Aesthetics
Get stuff out there; work with cause: That's the genesis of LettersAt3amPress

Columns, March 20, 2014

Letters at 3AM: BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'
Letters at 3AM: BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'
James BigBoy Medlin's 'Slap Noir' changed my life in a most concrete fashion

Columns, March 6, 2014

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

Columns, Feb. 20, 2014

Letters at 3AM: Today, 100 Years Ago
Letters at 3AM: Today, 100 Years Ago
On Feb. 7, 1914, the world first beheld Charlie Chaplin on the screen in his iconic getup

Columns, Feb. 6, 2014

Letters at 3AM: February 1914
Letters at 3AM: February 1914
Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp was really born in 'Kid Auto Races at Venice,' not 'Mabel's Strange Predicament,' as commonly thought

Columns, Jan. 23, 2014

Letters at 3AM: 3% Neanderthal
Letters at 3AM: 3% Neanderthal
Our DNA has seen it all before – and survived

Columns, Jan. 9, 2014

Letters at 3AM: The Capacity to Take It
Letters at 3AM: The Capacity to Take It
Perseverance is the spine of the human condition

Columns, Dec. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: If We Make It Through December
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

Columns, Dec. 12, 2013

Letters at 3AM: Wake of the Red Witch
Letters at 3AM: Wake of the Red Witch
Everything that begins also ends

Columns, Nov. 27, 2013

Letters at 3AM: JFK and That Hard Rain
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

Columns, Nov. 21, 2013

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