I just found out that Roger Ebert passed away.
I think I read every movie review he wrote over the last 10 years, and I followed his blog and his articles elsewhere. I never even cared what he was talking about, I was just impressed by the way he thought about things.
He always struck me as kind, curious, and eloquent. He had opinions and could defend them, while fully admitting that his own understanding of many things would always be incomplete.
One of my favorite Ebert quotes is in my book, during a section on libraries. He said:
“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. ”
My favorite article of his is I Do Not Fear Death, which I originally read on Salon.com.
My favorite book of his is, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, a sublime collection of nasty reviews for movies that generally deserved what they got.
RIP Mr. Ebert. You’ll be missed by many.