Ebert and Cancer

I am sure everybody remembers Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and their highly-influential movie reviews.  I knew that Siskel had passed away, but had not heard that Roger Ebert was suffering from cancer.   Here’s the story.  Reading this gives one hope for the magazine industry.   Esquire magazine has a Pulitzer-prize caliber piece of journalism here.

Ebert’s story itself  is a truly amazing and wonderful tale.  His valiant fight for life and health is inspirational, and he is astoundingly frank about what it has cost him.  Look at those photographs!  And he has a new book out — believe it or not, a cookbook.  Yes, a man who can’t eat or talk any more — surgery has taken his lower jaw, his tongue, and a good bit of his neck — has written a book of recipes for the rice cooker.  I am trying out one of them this week.

This is one of the most vivid demonstrations I have seen, of the saving power of words and writing.   From Homer on, writers have attributed mystical powers to words — there’s a reason why we call it inspiration, or personify it by calling it a Muse.   Ebert has made his blog his lifeline.  Apparently he reads every single reply and responds to many of them.  This is one of those blogs that you read and immediately bookmark.  As Maya would say, the Muse is strong in this one.  Long may She empower him.
A short story has just been added to my Bookshelf:




About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Ebert and Cancer — 5 Comments

  1. I loved that article.

    When my father, who was an artist and graphic designer for over sixty years, developed macular degeneration in his 80s, he started writing. He’s written books about living with visual impairment, co-authored at least one article with his opthalmologist (from the standpoint of treat-er/treat-ee in a drug trial), and is now working on a series of short pieces about his days as a volunteer EMT.

    Turning what could have been a finishing blow into a new avenue for creative work is awesome. Ebert has suffered losses, but they only seem to have made his work richer.

  2. Thank you for linking to this, Brenda. I have been reading posts from Ebert intermittently, but I have not added him to my RSS, and that has been remedied. He is saying things I need to hear, and his explosion of words, his view of life, is well worth sharing and celebrating.

    I am sad to know that the cancer has progressed (the last time I read anything about his condition, was when he wrote about smoking medical pot, and how interesting it was to finally try it) but am glad that he has found his life worth living and that he is in a position to afford the help that makes his continuing efforts possible.

    Viva Roger! Two thumbs up!

  3. You have to admire an old coot who hangs on with such courage. I too have bookmarked his blog.