Very sad news today: Roger Ebert is dead at the age of 70.  I greatly admired him: for a high schooler who fancied himself a film critic, Ebert was an all-star.  More recently, he reinvented himself through social media as one of our great bloggers in addition to our very best film critic.

Here’s Ebert, from 2009:

I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.