1 Jan 09
Roger Ebert, for a variety of reasons, is a hero of mine.
And he is responsible for my New Year's resolution to try to diversify my writing. And to see if I have the discipline to maintain this mostly-neglected Sun-Times blog of mine.
Roger, as everyone knows, is a brilliant critic and writer.
Beyond that, he is someone who has not permitted major medical problems to get in the way of the work he loves. Amazingly, since his surgeries, he has become, if it's possible, more prolific. And the reach of his writing has only expanded. Film, yes, always. But politics. And social commentary. And so much more. It's been stunning.
When we last saw each other a month or two ago at a Sun-Times event, I told him I was going use him as my muse....as inspiration and motivation to try and write in new and different ways.
He nodded his encouragement and gave me his classic thumbs up.
And so today marks the beginning, I hope, of a new turn on the writing road.
I'll keep you posted on how it's going.
Thank you, Roger.
And Happy New Year to you and Chaz!