Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert

by Anne Thompson
February 17, 2010 9:13 AM
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Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.

That's because he's not pontificating from on-high. @ebertchicago is in the trenches, with more than 67,000 Twitter followers, interviewing, photographing, communicating, posting, sharing, linking. And the one-time raconteur and joke-teller who could make a table collapse in laughter is still expressive and funny.

Here's a mordant tweet: "For Lent I am giving up eating and drinking."

"The Republican Party's Platform for 2010: "No."

" - I'm physically feeling tip-top these days. It's true I'm dying--but no faster than anyone else."

Keep on trucking, Roger. We're following you.

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  • Richard | February 17, 2010 7:42 AMReply

    Actually, Ebert gets his health insurance through his Sun-Times employers. However, from what I gather, that insurance has been maxed out (the private insurance company that the Sun-Times uses has caps) and now he has to pay out of pocket. If he wasn't rich, he'd be dead.

    Healthcare as a "luxury" is the horrible status quo that the Republicans want to preserve. That's GOPer-"care".

  • J. Sperling Reich | February 17, 2010 7:16 AMReply

    I can not recommend Chris Jones' Esquire feature on Roger Ebert more highly. It's a touching and well-written profile that you won't regret having spent the time reading.

  • obamalot | February 17, 2010 6:00 AMReply

    good luck with obamacare, roger. oh wait, nevermind, you won't need your chosen one's health care, you're rich. sucks for everyone else though.

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