October 31, 1945|
Michael Ventura (born October 31, 1945) is an American novelist, screenwriter, film director, essayist and cultural critic.
Michael Ventura commenced his career as a journalist at the Austin Sun, a counter-culture bi-weekly newspaper that published in the 1970s. Ventura is best known for his long-running column, "Letters at 3 A.M.", which first appeared in LA Weekly in the early 1980s and continued in the Austin Chronicle until 2015. He has published three novels: Night Time Losing Time (1989), The Zoo Where You're Fed to God (1994), and The Death of Frank Sinatra (1996).
An excerpt from his novel about Miriam of Magdala was published in the third issue of the CalArts literary journal Black Clock in 2005. He is the author of two essay collections, Shadow-Dancing in the U.S.A. (1985) and Letters at 3 A.M.: Reports on Endarkenment (1994). With psychologist James Hillman, Ventura co-authored the 1992 bestseller We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy – And the World's Getting Worse.
- Night Time Losing Time (1989)
- The Zoo Where You're Fed to God (1994)
- The Death of Frank Sinatra (1996)
- Shadow-Dancing in the U.S.A. (1985)
- We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy – And the World's Getting Worse (1992) (with James Hillman)
- Letters at 3 A.M.: Reports on Endarkenment (1994)
- Cassavetes Directs (2007)
- USA PEN award
- Los Angeles Press Club Award
- Upton Sinclair Award