Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Roger Ebert is dying.

This article in Esquire was one of the most moving pieces I've read in a long time.

Ebert might be best known for saying "Two Thumbs Up" but he was the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer for his work.

I knew he had cancer but no idea he had lost the ability to eat or to speak. That half his jaw is gone.

That he is slowly dying and aware of it.

What would most people do? Ebert does what he loves. Watches films and writes about them.

15 comments:

fashion survivor said...

I don't read him regularly but I'm in awe of his talent, output, and grace in the face of his illness. Saw him once at a screening but was too shy to say anything.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

I was very moved by that article as well; I immediately followed Ebert on Twitter.

gibber said...

Jesus fuck. That was so moving, so sad, so filled with emotion. *tears at work*

Ciao Chow Linda said...

So so sad. Thanks for bringing that article to my attention.

Simone said...

I would like to think that he is living, despite it all, he is living and his example is inspiring!

Texas Espresso said...

I read that and it was very moving! I didn't realize he had cancer. so sad - didn't even recognize him from the picture. these days I think its extraordinary to be able to make a career doing something you absolutely love.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Ciao tutti, I agree while the article is sad, the way he's living his life is inspiring.

Diana Strinati Baur said...

oh dear God. This is awful.

Stellino said...

I'm a professional critic today because my mother bought me a copy of Roger Ebert's reviews from 1973-1985 when I was an eight year-old film buff and voracious reader.

I've been following him on Twitter for a few months now, and it's made me love the man even more, because he's not letting his inability to speak verbally prevent him from expressing himself during such a dark time.

ladydai said...

Oh my God, I had no idea. I just stumbled across his blog this past weekend.

dalia said...

the photo on this article was shocking. completely unexpected. it was a great piece, too.

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

That is tremendously sad and inspirational at the same time. What a man. What a life.

Deidre said...

I haven't read the article yet, but was moved by your writing!

it's inspiring that at this late stage in his life he is still doing what he loves. I hope that all of us can be so lucky.

glamah16 said...

Love him and follow him on Twitter. Chicago legend and his relationship with his wife ia mazing.

Simone said...

Technology has been able to give him a voice...

http://videogum.com/148961/roger-ebert-the-best-Luigi's Pizza at 686 5th Ave, between 21st and 2nd streetsfinally-gets-his-voice-back/yay/