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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 2008

Letters at 3AM

It's a dangerous world, and some nights the most cruelly dangerous people may be you

Column, Dec. 19, 2008

Letters at 3am

A bounty to getting older is that you grow tired of the uselessly dramatic aspects of yourself, and most of your fears evaporate

Column, Dec. 5, 2008

Letters at 3am

Obama won the election through a uniquely American combination of inspiration and cash

Column, Nov. 21, 2008

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Holden died a good death: just whiskey and a fall, no melodrama or fakery

Column, Nov. 7, 2008

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The economic future of the United States is no longer in our hands

Column, Oct. 24, 2008

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All those brilliant 'financial instruments' turned into monsters that no one can stop

Column, Oct. 10, 2008

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This two-year-long campaign of such unprecedented intensity may have been the best proving ground for Barack Obama's candidacy

Column, Sep. 26, 2008

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If one is to vote for McCain-Palin, what, precisely, would one be voting for?

Column, Sep. 12, 2008

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Russia has gone from a crippled to a powerful nation, using the model of what might be called "national capitalism"

Column, Aug. 29, 2008

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Officially confirmed 'alien' activity would be as sobering as it is intoxicating

Column, Aug. 15, 2008

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The "Situation" is upon us: China and Southern Asia can support their own growth and have no more use for us

Column, Aug. 1, 2008

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As much fun as it is to blame speculators and oil companies, and as certain as it is that some reforms would help, the real culprit is global demand

Column, Jul. 18, 2008

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Samuel Adams gave Americans a vocabulary both for revolution and for the building of a republic

Column, Jul. 4, 2008

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Reality is cracked and alive; the one constant is change

Column, Jun. 20, 2008

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We have become a space-faring species and are discovering that the universe is stunningly gorgeous and implacably dangerous – like us

Column, Jun. 6, 2008

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Science is an endeavor, an investigation, a body of knowledge, but it is also a behavior

Column, May. 23, 2008

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Cyberspace is nowhere and everywhere, a place where the articles on hover and hang, nailed to a virtual wall like paintings in a museum

Column, May. 9, 2008

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Globalization isn't only something that's happening to our economy: Globalization is happening to us – to our bodies, our families, and our psyches

Column, Apr. 25, 2008

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Snippets of conversations about movies from the Filmcraft collection

Column, Apr. 11, 2008

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Nations get into deep trouble by following inspirational leaders, left or right

Column, Mar. 28, 2008

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Jo Carol Pierce's music says: Go the distance, baby, and find out – find you

Column, Mar. 14, 2008

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The archetypes in this Democratic primary are Mama and He Who Can Free the Sword From the Stone

Column, Feb. 29, 2008

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The real election is being decided in the primaries, and unless disaster intervenes, the next president will be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama

Column, Feb. 15, 2008

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Walking nervous breakdowns are so "normal" they're barely noticed

Column, Feb. 1, 2008

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Before the presidency is anything else, it's a job – a job that requires a dash of corruption

Column, Jan. 18, 2008

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Joe Biden and Chris Dodd rise above the other primary candidates in terms of achievement and hands-on experience in what a president needs to know

Column, Jan. 4, 2008

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