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a note on ‘Life Itself’

If you ever followed Roger Ebert’s movie reviews, you might like to know there’s a documentary being made about him.  It’s being done by Steve James, the director of two projects that Ebert loved (“Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters”).  James is raising money to finish the post-production of “Life Itself” at Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/EbertMovie, and if you have the notion, check out or pass the link along.

I’ve written as much before: “At the Movies” with Siskel and Ebert (and then later Ebert with others) wasn’t a constant for me due to syndication weirdness, but as a kid who never had cable it was the most intelligent and thoughtful commentary around.  And even when I was able to see what cable had to offer, it retained those qualities.

Oh, and since I’m out of days on my page-a-day calendar, I guess it’s a new year.  I’ll miss that last Dilbert strip I’d colored in, but I suppose I could always just create my own.


Last four endings selected in contest to finish Roger Ebert’s short story

Among the last four entries selected by rogerebert.com as part of their contest to complete a short story by Roger, check out my own. And then check out the other three (’cause reading is fundamental) and vote for the one you like best!

How my ending begins:

“A failed Mozart?” Alex said. “That sounds like an empiricist’s nightmare. Throw him and his star-speckled wig on your science-fiction cover, Mason.”

Mason smiled a little. “Why not? Maybe all the space girl needs is an intermediator, someone who speaks the molecules’ language.”

As the waitress brought Regan the last piece of apple crumb cake, Regan tapped the bridge of her nose. “Thank you! I mean, mostly the waitress and Claire, of course. No offense to you space boys.”

“None taken,” Elliot said.

Find all of the entries here:


Gotta note: the great illustration above is by Krishna Bala Shenoi and was done for my own little ending (He’s done some really cool stuff for each of the others selected, as well).

That’s all for now. Have a good day and/or night, folks.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert — from Wikipedia

When I was a kid, Siskel and Ebert was one of the only venues for intelligent discourse on TV.  In the time Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel reviewed a few movies during their program, they also talked about life, philosophy, race–pretty much everything at some point or another.  After Gene Siskel’s death in 1999, Ebert, along with his wife Chaz, really worked at maintaining that tradition in a market that didn’t quite value ideas the way it used to.  Movie reviews may have been the venue in which Ebert was most appreciated, but he thrived as a passionate communicator of ideas whether his words were spoken in his own voice or typed up for a page or for a screen.  He may have lost his jaw, but for a number of years right up until his death yesterday, his thoughts were communicated as clearly and as vibrantly as ever.  The world has lost quite a voice in that regard, and few writers will have a voice that echoes as much — and continues to, I hope.

The second post I wrote on this blog was a reaction to the documentary film “The Interrupters” and Ebert’s specific review of it.  I also quoted him — and, before that particular entry, him in a dialogue with Gene Siskel — in the following posts:

succinctly said

Inexplicably — Buffy