Posted by: Jeff | February 18, 2010

Two Thumbs Up

I don’t often read biographical sketches in magazines, and to be honest don’t generally enjoy them.  They so often end up being trite and portend to be all-knowing about the lives of celebrities that are known through vignettes and public press.  But for whatever reason, Esquire‘s feature on Roger Ebert is incredibly touching.

I knew that he had struggled with cancer, but had no idea that he had lost his voice – a devastating loss for a man who made his life and career largely through television.  With Esquire, he discusses his career, friendship with Gene Siskel, and meditations on life:

I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

Well worth the read.  And if you have additional time, check out Roger Ebert’s personal response on his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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  1. read a lot of this last week. great stuff. any people on twitter who read jeff’s blog, you can follow ebert: @ebertchicago


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