Roger Ebert Regains His Voice Online

Massive online journal is 'saving' ailing film critic as he faces death
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Roger Ebert Regains His Voice Online
Roger Ebert in an undated image released by 'Esquire' magazine.   (AP Photo)

Roger Ebert once “lived his life through microphones,” writes Chris Jones. But since his voice and the ability to eat or drink were taken from him in a 2006 surgery for thyroid cancer, he has returned to his best gift—the written word. “His new life is lived through Times New Roman and chicken scratch,” and more earthly concerns have gone by the wayside. The 67-year-old Ebert worries only about “how many words he can get out in the time he has left.”

The new Roger Ebert is perhaps more of a treasure than he ever was before, Jones writes in an Esquire profile. His online journal has turned into “his life's work,” and is more likely to about anything but movies. “Out there, his voice is still his voice—not a reasonable facsimile of it, but his. ” And Ebert understands. “It is saving me," he says. "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." And these days, notes Jones, “he gives more movies more stars.” (More Roger Ebert stories.)

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