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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.

27 articles in 2003

Letters at 3AM

Learning to listen to your soul in all aspects of your life.

Column, Dec. 26, 2003

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Memories of the first stirring of Self and Soul.

Column, Dec. 12, 2003

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The institution of marriage has been undone by the changes brought about by modern technology and therefore has nothing to fear from the legalization of gay marriages.

Column, Nov. 28, 2003

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The cancellation of The Reagans by CBS was an act of cowardice in the face of noise from the afar-right banshees.

Column, Nov. 14, 2003

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"Mediocrity is never passive; it avenges itself for its deprivation." -- Nelson Algren

Column, Oct. 31, 2003

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Forgive Elia Kazan his sins, but never forget his lousy deeds.

Column, Oct. 17, 2003

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Having children used to be necessary for a family's economic survival; in the last century it has instead become a choice.

Column, Oct. 3, 2003

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Europe, Russia, and China can help install a new administration in the White House in 2008 by refusing to bail out Bush on his Iraq misadventure now.

Column, Sep. 19, 2003

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Americans are paying the price for lies about Iraq told by their leaders.

Column, Sep. 5, 2003

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Fifty years ago, almost all movies were made for adults, yet children went to see them on their own or with others, and in the process, learned the mysteries of our cultural ideology.

Column, Aug. 22, 2003

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Ralph Nader's stubborn refusal to acknowledge any difference between the Republican and Democratic political platforms cost the Democrats the election.

Column, Aug. 8, 2003

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We have replaced our concept of the heroic with the superheroic, and the sense of the possible with the impossible.

Column, Jul. 25, 2003

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Two words have been missing in all the hubbub about the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas decision striking down laws against homosexual sodomy: Thank you.

Column, Jul. 11, 2003

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Stanley Crawford's new book, The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays, reminds us that we must all do our part.

Column, Jun. 27, 2003

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Seniors graduate into the world of the Bush junta.

Column, Jun. 13, 2003

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Within or Beneath the Din

Column, May. 30, 2003

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A Little Late, For Bix

Column, May. 16, 2003

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We call them "retirees," although in other cultures and eras they would be elders, but if they had anything real to do they wouldn't be coming here to Jean, Nevada.

Column, May. 2, 2003

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Winning the war in Iraq is not a measure of our country's morality.

Column, Apr. 18, 2003

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Thoughts on the war's explosions of bombs, dreams, and preconceptions.

Column, Apr. 4, 2003

Beyond Limits Otherwise Prescribed

George W. Bush refuses to put our money where his mouth is in matters of domestic defense, even though all the experts testify that America is as vulnerable to major terrorist attacks today as it was on 9 / 11.

Column, Mar. 21, 2003

A Hundred Years of Shadows

One hundred years after "The Great Train Robbery," motion pictures have transformed consciousness into a Kingdom of Shadows.

Column, Mar. 7, 2003

Toward an Accounting

In its unjustified rush to war, the Bush administration wants Americans to apply ample amounts of duct tape over their eyes, ears, and mouths.

Column, Feb. 21, 2003

A Danse Macabre

Our national preparations for war follow a choreography that has predetermined steps.

Column, Feb. 7, 2003

The Evidence of Things Unseen

Is Bush lying about Iraq? Can he prove that he's not?

Column, Jan. 24, 2003

Letters at 3AM

Even though 2002 was an exceptional year for American cinema, American art has never been more marginalized, ghettoized, and controlled, than it is today.

Column, Jan. 10, 2003

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In 2002, cinema has been the healthiest of our arts. The movies' range and variety relieve what has otherwise been a bleak time for our culture and our Constitution.

Column, Jan. 3, 2003

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