COCKROACHES SCURRY. A tiger lies still in tall grass for hours awaiting prey. I write. The cockroach, the tiger, and me – we do how we are made.Michael Ventura
Michael Ventura wrote the “Letters at 3AM” column from 1993 to 2014 for the Austin Chronicle (the Austin, TX alternative weekly). For me, it was a must read. Several years ago he realized time was getting short to write the novels he wanted to finish and he quit writing the column. Not long after that, I quit picking up the newspaper. Last fall he appeared again, writing “Until the End of the World”. The subtitle is “Writing is not what I live for, it’s how I live.” This speaks to me. The money I make writing isn’t enough to take us out for dinner.
If, on my deathbed, I can speak, I shall ask that a notebook and pen be placed within my reach – even if I can never again reach. It’s how I’m made.Michael Ventura
The essay was his contribution to What Falls Away is Always: Writers Over Sixty on Writing & Death. The Letters at 3AM archive is available on-line here. Peruse and enjoy.
I’ve felt the trees grieve.Michael Ventura
Do you happen to know of Michael Ventura’s well-being? The last time I heard about him -several years ago- he had a stroke.
He has a big place in my heart.
I have the recordings of several of his “Letters at 3 AM” in his own voice, if you are interested.
If I Remember Correctly (IIRC), he is still writing but only for a few hours a day. I would be interested in the recordings and willing to put them up on this site or link to them.