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Letters at 3AM
In memory of a Shaman
"...There's a preference for plastic flowers at Marie Laveau's tomb. She died more than..."

March 17, 2000 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
People of all political persuasions are beginning to face the reality that Americans' demand for oil is outpacing our supply and refining capacity, which in turn will cripple our economy's ability to grow. Our disposable society will become a scavenging society, and, on the brighter side, a more inventive society.
"..."We live in a plastic world," Bartlett noted, "and all that plastic is made..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters @ 3AM
Snippets of conversations about movies from the Filmcraft collection
"...order to see it. It's just this piece of plastic. That's all you have at the end and it's..."

April 11, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Right now, and for at least the next three years of this administration, the United States of America is not being governed. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, and Iraq every day confirms, that the powers-that-be are dysfunctional. We are on our own.
"...With oil and gas too precious for items like plastic razors, men may again be shaved regularly by their..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: The Future Loose Amongst Us
Digitalized fabrication changes everything we know about work and government
"...In "The Revolution Will Be Printed" ("Letters at 3am," Feb. 8), I documented the present state..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: What Are Human Beings For?
No I, only robot
"...Three-dimensional printers use powdered plastics, metals, woods, and ceramics to "make objects ranging from..."

Jan. 25, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters From the Women of SAFPF
A small sample of the letters received by Austin attorney Derek Howard; transcribed and minimally edited
"...Below is just a small sample of the letters received by Howard; they have been transcribed and minimally..."

Dec. 12, 2008 News Feature

Letters @ 3AM
These Lubbock friends of mine were always writing books – thick notebooks of drawings and words
"...(cross-my-heart-and-spit) ... the narrator speaking in verse and capital letters of his baseball-player father and his honky-tonk mom: "SHE..."

March 16, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
The Oklahoma City Memorial and Ground Zero stir feelings of the dead calling on us to live
"...odds and ends fastened to the fence: photos, crosses, plastic flowers, sympathetic notes, and many small stuffed animals tied..."

April 15, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: Musicians of Behavior
Actors are musicians of behavior
"...overwhelming fantasies that appear real? To share in these plastic movements, to change our own lives, to encourage the..."

May 2, 2014 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: The Mob, 9/11, and Your Garbage
Don't look too closely at your garbage collection
"...ends up – you know what I'm sayin'? Those plastic containers you feel so righteous about? Well, fuck you...."

Oct. 21, 2011 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: The 'Austin Sun' Gets Hung
Old Austin Sun writers may have expected to hang, but not in a museum
"...finally, destroys memory, leaving in its place a bright plastic artifact that pretends to be one's past. Not that..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
At the crest of Beatlemania, 18 and hungry for life was some kind of way to be
"...prison. Unembarrassed, childishly happy, the song tinkled from a plastic AM radio the size of a lunch box, as..."

July 3, 2009 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
All those brilliant 'financial instruments' turned into monsters that no one can stop
"...many innocent bystanders in this crisis. I've got several plastic Frankensteins in my wallet...."

Oct. 10, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters @ 3AM
A report from 2107: The decline and fall of the former United States of America
"...sports, cinema, education, dance, war, psychology, architecture, visual and plastic art, governance, transportation, engineering, agriculture, commerce, communications, medicine, and..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Unless my transmission conks out in a place like Bossier City, a guy like me hasn't much chance to hear out a guy like Virgil
"...stains on what was left of the rug. Two plastic glasses, one small bar of soap. The toilet didn't..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
On the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death, Micahel Ventura revisits the column he wrote at the time of Lennon's murder when the pain was fresh
"...song to play was John Lennon's oh-so-Beatles-esque tune from Plastic Ono Band: "Look at me – who am I..."

Dec. 9, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Stanley Crawford's 1966 novel 'GASCOYNE' has been out of print for 35 years, a literary crime redressed this month by the Overlook Press
"...left "under a couple of mounds of that artificial plastic dogshit you can buy at your local novelty store."..."

Nov. 25, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
With oil in the future rationed to agriculture, essential services, and (inevitably) the military, and personal long-distance driving and passenger flight no longer feasible – then, if the United States is to remain a continental entity, the only answer is trains
"...mechanical metal appliances built to last instead of electronic plastic appliances built not to, local doctors not making much..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
We take cars for granted, yet people have been living like this only a short time, and, when this era exhausts itself, people may never live like this again. What will they think of us, I wonder.
"...five cars or about 20,000 pounds of steel, glass, plastic, paint, and other materials, for which I have paid..."

June 10, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Our secret fantasies were made public by Elvis Presley.
"...in any of those chairs ... he's strung colored plastic pennants overhead, like a used car lot, and Deborah..."

March 16, 2001 Column by Michael Ventura

Blondie
Reissue
"...Blondie(Capitol/Chrysalis)BlondiePlastic Letters (Capitol/Chrysalis)BlondieParallel Lines (Capitol/Chrysalis)BlondieEat to the Beat (Capitol/Chrysalis)BlondieAuto American..."

Oct. 12, 2001 Music Review by Margaret Moser

The Temp
"...the female psycho genre: The Hand That Types the Letters, Single White Secretary, Fatal Dictation. Like her nutso predecessors,..."

Feb. 19, 1993 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Collateral Beauty
Will Smith mopes around in this preposterous drama
"...his office, Howard erects elaborate structures with thousands of plastic building blocks, only to knock them down weekly like..."

Dec. 16, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Devon Dikeou: You Can Observe a Lot By Watching
This show of zingmagazine back issues and artifacts: 100% fascinating
"...perhaps the most remarkable has been the printing of letters – scans of actual documents – exchanged between well-known..."

Dec. 31, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

After A Fashion
Your Style Avatar gets picked up and put in a recliner in a very dark room
"...signage is awful!" The building was marked with big plastic letters that made it seem more like Gold's Gym..."

June 11, 2010 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Metric
Record review
"...closer never quite catches. Live It Out is no Plastic Letters, but still, we're always touched by your presence,..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...I realized, according to his latest, "Hero vs. Superhero" ["Letters at 3AM," July 25], I actually have no original..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Column

Every Day Is Dress-Up Day
"...it, the most important thing to remember is that letters with holes in them (like O, A, B, lowercase..."

Aug. 2, 2002 Features Feature by Iana Witham

Postmarks
VanScorned
"...Recently, a couple of letters have criticized the Austin Cinemaker Coop and its workings...."

Jan. 23, 1998 Column

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