It's a shock to see a photograph of Roger Ebert in the new Esquire, which offers a revealing article on the world's best-known film critic, four years after surgery for cancer removed his jaw and his ability to speak (and eat, for that matter).
Ebert is still writing regularly, though, and his Twitter feed is a favourite of mine. It's heartbreaking, though, to realize how much the man has endured.
Ebert responded to the Esquire piece in a blog entry overnight. An excerpt:
I mentioned that it was sort of a relief to have that full-page photo of my face. Yes, I winced. What I hated most was that my hair was so neatly combed. Running it that big was good journalism. It made you want to read the article.I studiously avoid looking at myself in a mirror. It would not be productive. If we think we have physical imperfections, obsessing about them is only destructive. Low self-esteem involves imagining the worst that other people can think about you. That means they're living upstairs in the rent-free room.