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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.

26 articles in 2004

Letters at 3AM

Despite the change in inhabitants, the buildings, people, and mood of the old immigrant neighborhoods haven't changed. The streets still whisper the same cautionary advice: Survive and get out.

Column, Dec. 24, 2004

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'My love is an imperfect thing but it sings.' Those are the words to be carved on the tombstone of Michael Ventura's brother Aldo, an unstable soul who died last week.

Column, Dec. 10, 2004

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The numbers tell a different story than the pundits: The next election will again be the Democrats' to lose if party members don't learn to talk plainly and with respect to people who are different culturally, and are uneducated, left out, or left behind

Column, Nov. 26, 2004

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Cry over the election if you must, but don't let the bastards sap your vitality. American progressives started seriously mass-scale organizing only about a year ago, and in just one year we came within reach of victory.

Column, Nov. 12, 2004

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The great days of the United States of America are over: Our country is now important economically only because of its citizens' consumption

Column, Oct. 29, 2004

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As we approach the most pivotal election since 1860, the work of Stirling Silliphant comes to mind because he shows that our present situation was not created by 9 / 11 but has been brewing for a long time

Column, Oct. 15, 2004

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In their behavior and beliefs, Ralph Nader and George W. Bush are twins separated at birth: Nader's candidacy is an act of perfidy

Column, Oct. 1, 2004

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All the economic numbers point one way: Hard times are about to get harder

Column, Sep. 17, 2004

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'The 9 / 11 Commission Report' only shows us how much we still do not know about what happened on that day

Column, Sep. 3, 2004

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The White House resorted to scare tactics, terror alerts, and slander following the Democratic Convention in order to avert the public's attention from newly released statistics documenting the country's economic downturn

Column, Aug. 20, 2004

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Most of the American soldiers who have died in Iraq came from little places that the 21st century has left behind

Column, Aug. 6, 2004

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Changes in Earth's atmosphere – solar flares, the shape of the planet, disruptions in the ozone layer and magnetic fields – are bigger than any of our more quotidian concerns

Column, Jul. 23, 2004

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Our country's newest immigrant generation is no longer learning that this nation will belong to them

Column, Jul. 9, 2004

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It takes fierceness to grow old well

Column, Jun. 25, 2004

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Speaking through your children's blood, and the words of the past and the present

Column, Jun. 11, 2004

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Justice sidestepped: Lane McCotter, the Bush administration's overseer for rebuilding Iraq's prison system, previously resigned from his job as Utah's top corrections officer because he was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for reports of abuse

Column, May. 28, 2004

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The United States military is moving inevitably toward reinstating the draft

Column, May. 14, 2004

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War is how civilizations make love, so we should be careful of the partners we choose

Column, Apr. 30, 2004

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Americans and Iraqis are dying for Bush's pride and his hopes of re-election

Column, Apr. 16, 2004

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It's time to put our money and our mouths where they're needed in order to defeat George Bush in 2004

Column, Apr. 2, 2004

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The Bush-Ashcroft Justice Department is invading our privates

Column, Mar. 19, 2004

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The Gospel according to Mel is not as it was

Column, Mar. 5, 2004

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In the world of Charlie Chaplin chaos reigns … and is celebrated: The Little Tramp turns 90

Column, Feb. 20, 2004

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In the next presidential election, only the Democrats can be counted on to preserve the Bill of Rights

Column, Feb. 6, 2004

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Attorney General John Ashcroft is stuffing our Bill of Rights into the shredder

Column, Jan. 23, 2004

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Although it may sound like hooey in the retelling, this is the story of the author's discovery of his soul's expression.

Column, Jan. 9, 2004

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