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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 2012

Letters at 3AM: Winter Reveries

No matter the season, no matter the climate, when I write I write in winter

Column, Dec. 28, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Did Abraham Lincoln Deserve a Second Term?

In 1864, Lincoln would have seemed more in favor of war than peace

Column, Dec. 13, 2012

Letters at 3AM: The Lincolns of Hollywood

It is dangerous to view history through the eyes of sentimentality

Column, Nov. 29, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Reveries

Beauty is something you don't have to deserve

Column, Nov. 15, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Things Like That

Under Obama, we have been subjected to a Patriot Act on steroids

Column, Nov. 1, 2012

Letters at 3AM: A Big Picture and a Long Game

A U.S. military powered by biofuels could be a game-changer that ends the oil wars

Column, Oct. 18, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Too Much of Nothing

The United States pacifies Afghanistan just enough so that China can profit

Column, Oct. 4, 2012

Letters at 3AM: A Century Since 'The Water Nymph'

On September 23, 1912, Keystone Films released its first comedy, which starred Mabel Normand

Column, Sep. 20, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Why Not Chicken Fat?

The most important political question of our time: Who benefits from military spending?

Column, Sep. 6, 2012

Letters at 3AM: The System Ain't the System

The goal of oligarchy is to utterly disempower the workforce

Column, Aug. 30, 2012

Letters at 3AM: A Jog in the Smog

What we know is increasingly disconnected from what we do

Column, Aug. 9, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Why a Duck?

The Marx Brothers were funny but they weren't kidding

Column, Jul. 26, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Accidents of Birth and Rebirth

The unacceptable trade-off for a medically extended life

Column, Jul. 12, 2012

Letters at 3AM: 'I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing'

"Route 66" taught me that I did not want to be rooted again

Column, Jun. 28, 2012

Letters at 3AM: 'Suppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain?'

In the early part of the Sixties, television's "Route 66" offered a taste of the new American consciousness

Column, Jun. 14, 2012

Letters at 3AM: 'Ever Ride the Waves in Oklahoma?'

"Route 66" spoke to the sense of change afoot in America

Column, May. 31, 2012

Letters at 3AM: A View From the St. James Hotel

The St. James: It's an infirmary, it's a morgue, and it's a hotel where we each share a room with the dead

Column, May. 17, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers

Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers

Column, May. 3, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Created He Them

From Miss Universe to the military, gender roles don't mean what they used to

Column, Apr. 19, 2012

Letters at 3AM: A Pattern of Subversion

President Obama regularly oversteps his bounds of office

Column, Apr. 5, 2012

Letters at 3AM: Mabel Normand After 100 Years

April 1, 1912, has not gone down in history but deserves to

Column, Mar. 22, 2012

Letters at 3AM: The Return of Our Angel

Marilyn Monroe has returned to us recently in various guises

Column, Mar. 8, 2012

Letters at 3AM: These American Dreams

Steve Erickson's novel 'These Dreams of You' is a profound and hilarious salute to family values and America

Column, Feb. 23, 2012

Letters at 3AM: It Came From the White House

Obama and a majority of Democratic legislators support the NDAA, allowing the arrest of U.S. citizens without a warrant

Column, Feb. 9, 2012

Letters at 3AM: NDAA: Obama's Betrayal

NDAA: Obama's Betrayal

Column, Jan. 26, 2012

Letters at 3AM: James Hillman (1926-2011)

Remembering James Hillman

Column, Jan. 12, 2012

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