Roger Ebert: ‘I was born inside the movie of my life’

Roger Ebert hasn’t spoken a word in years, but America seems to be listening to him more than ever. The beloved movie critic lost his voice after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002.  But his words are louder than ever.

Ebert’s prolific online journaling—at times so poignant and poetic you wonder why he spent four decades reviewing movies—was called one of the year’s best blogs by Time magazine in 2010. His website,, has been averaging 10 million hits a month, and not just when he writes about his date with Oprah.

In this excerpt, Ebert shares passages from his new memoir Life Itself:

I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don’t remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me. At first the frames flicker without connection, as they do in Bergman’s Persona after the film breaks and begins again. I am flat on my stomach on the front sidewalk, my eyes an inch from … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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