Tag Archives: Roger Ebert

Chicago Diarist: Life is Brief, Young Maidens; Fall in Love

I wish very much that I had gone to that festival screening of Ikiru (today’s lesson: go see people you admire when they speak publicly, especially about something you really care about). I wish that I’d ever seen Roger Ebert in the flesh, many years as we shared this city. But at the same time I know it doesn’t much matter in the scheme of things. The words and the movies matter, to the critic and his reader anyway, much more than the momentary flash of bodily presence. “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,” he wrote in that 2011 essay.

Sermon: The God of the Center

(I preached this sermon on August 15, 2010–the Feast of St. Mary, the Mother of Our Lord–at Wicker Park Lutheran Church in Chicago) Sisters and brothers, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. On Friday the great film critic and now equally great blogger Roger Ebert offered […]