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Count Zarth
02-16-2010, 08:57 PM
But high spirits. We'll miss him when he's gone.

http://www.esquire.com/print-this/roger-ebert-0310

http://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/images/wC/roger-ebert-jaw-cancer-photo-esquire-0310-lg.jpg

There are places where Ebert exists as the Ebert he remembers. In 2008, when he was in the middle of his worst battles and wouldn't be able to make the trip to Champaign-Urbana for Ebertfest really, his annual spring festival of films he just plain likes he began writing an online journal. Reading it from its beginning is like watching an Aztec pyramid being built.

At first, it's just a vessel for him to apologize to his fans for not being downstate. The original entries are short updates about his life and health and a few of his heart's wishes. Postcards and pebbles. They're followed by a smattering of Welcomes to Cyberspace. But slowly the journal picks up steam, as Ebert's strength and confidence and audience grow.

You are the readers I have dreamed of, he writes. He is emboldened. He begins to write about more than movies; in fact, it sometimes seems as though he'd rather write about anything other than movies. The existence of an afterlife, the beauty of a full bookshelf, his liberalism and atheism and alcoholism, the health-care debate, Darwin, memories of departed friends and fights won and lost more than five hundred thousand words of inner monologue have poured out of him, five hundred thousand words that probably wouldn't exist had he kept his other voice.

Now some of his entries have thousands of comments, each of which he vets personally and to which he will often respond. It has become his life's work, building and maintaining this massive monument to written debate argument is encouraged, so long as it's civil and he spends several hours each night reclined in his chair, tending to his online oasis by lamplight. Out there, his voice is still his voice not a reasonable facsimile of it, but his.

"It is saving me," he says through his speakers.

He calls up a journal entry to elaborate, because it's more efficient and time is precious:

When I am writing my problems become invisible and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be.

The Bad Guy
02-16-2010, 08:58 PM
That's just fucking awful.

KcMizzou
02-16-2010, 09:03 PM
Very sad. The guy's an icon.

Frazod
02-16-2010, 09:06 PM
Jesus. That's the first recent picture I've seen of him without his lower face being covered. From what I understand his jaw is basically gone.

Jenson71
02-16-2010, 09:12 PM
That doesn't look like him at all.

Frazod
02-16-2010, 09:13 PM
That doesn't look like him at all.

Take your hand and cover everything from his nose down and it does.

Psyko Tek
02-16-2010, 09:13 PM
it ain't pretty but life seldom is
if he's dealing with it
so shall I

Frazod
02-16-2010, 09:15 PM
it ain't pretty but life seldom is
if he's dealing with it
so shall I

Certainly better than the alternative.

Count Zarth
02-16-2010, 09:21 PM
Is it cancer or did he run into the old man on the bus?

Frazod
02-16-2010, 09:26 PM
Is it cancer or did he run into the old man on the bus?

Cancer. Really fucking bad, too. Obviously.

And to think of all the money that guy has to hire the best of the best, and still he comes out looking that fucked up? That's worse than Malik from KOTOR.

SLAG
02-16-2010, 09:27 PM
I bet he is loving the weight loss...

KcMizzou
02-16-2010, 09:29 PM
Pretty brave of him to let that picture be taken. The guy's got stones.

whatsmynameagain
02-16-2010, 09:58 PM
I saw this story and pic earlier today but thought it was some sort of joke

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 10:01 PM
I bet he is loving the weight loss...

Really? Just...... really?

BigRock
02-16-2010, 10:18 PM
So Siskel dies fairly young from a brain tumor. Ebert's got this going on.

I think we have fairly conclusive evidence that God was a fan of North.

Count Zarth
02-16-2010, 10:19 PM
So Siskel dies fairly young from a brain tumor. Ebert's got this going on.

I think we have fairly conclusive evidence that God was a fan of North.

Or Harry Knowles. He was a fucking hambeast and lived through gastric bypass.

BigRock
02-16-2010, 10:21 PM
Or Harry Knowles. He was a fucking hambeast and lived through gastric bypass.

If he liked North, I think the case can be closed. God likes shitty movies.

HotRoute
02-16-2010, 10:28 PM
Yikes, how old is he?

DaneMcCloud
02-16-2010, 10:31 PM
Ebert's a legend and an icon.

But if that's the alternative to death, I'll take "Cool Caskets" for $1,000, Alex.

Reaper16
02-16-2010, 10:49 PM
If you aren't following him on Twitter then you are missing out.

DaneMcCloud
02-16-2010, 10:54 PM
If you aren't following him on Twitter then you are missing out.

Which account is the "real" Roger?

Jenson71
02-16-2010, 10:55 PM
http://twitter.com/EBERTCHICAGO

Rep to the first who can correctly identify Ebert's twitter background!

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 11:11 PM
Casablanca?

Jenson71
02-16-2010, 11:13 PM
Casablanca?

Nope. Made after Casablanca.

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 11:13 PM
citizen cane?

Frazod
02-16-2010, 11:14 PM
citizen cane?

Citizen Kane was before Casablanca.

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 11:15 PM
White Ribbon?

Jenson71
02-16-2010, 11:18 PM
Not Citizen Kane.

Not White Ribbon. Came out much earlier than White Ribbon.

Next hint: the film is set somewhere in post-World War II Europe.

cdcox
02-16-2010, 11:20 PM
That's the face of courage.

Demonpenz
02-16-2010, 11:22 PM
Showgirls?

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 11:22 PM
The Third Man?

Jenson71
02-16-2010, 11:23 PM
The Third Man?

Nice! Rep to you, sir.

The Third Man, featuring some of the finest cinematography in film history.

DA_T_84
02-16-2010, 11:24 PM
Nice! I watched this in a film class when we were studying film noir senior year of college.

'Hamas' Jenkins
02-17-2010, 02:36 AM
If you want to read an interesting memoir of someone who dealt with similar issues, I'd recommend Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy.

irishjayhawk
02-17-2010, 04:53 AM
If you aren't following him on Twitter then you are missing out.

Very true.

JD10367
02-17-2010, 10:06 AM
He's only 67. That used to sound old to me... until I got old.