Roger Ebert passed away today at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. I can’t begin to express how disappointed I was to hear the news… besides being a hometown legend, he was someone whose perspective I only began to appreciate a few years ago when he began writing essays on his website. After that, I wouldn’t watch a movie without following it up by seeing what Ebert had written about it.
Ebert grew up a Roman Catholic — he was even an altar boy — but he later stopped believing in God. Still, he never used the label “atheist” to describe himself:
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Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, Almost a year ago, my cousin killed himself. We were very close and I am still grieving for him. At the time, almost everyone in the family talked about how he was up in heaven with our (mutual) grandmother. This was particularly poignant, [Read More...]
My grandfather recently died. He was old — 91 — and had Parkinson’s disease. His physical well-being had declined over the years and it had been hard to watch, especially because he was still very mentally sharp. My grandfather was a retired professor and one of the smartest people I’d ever known. He, like the [Read More...]