Sad news to start the day: Roger Ebert says that his cancer has returned, and that he’s going to take what he calls a “leave of presence” while undergoing radiation treatments.
“My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me,” wrote the Pulitzer winner. “What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”
Ebert, who previously battled with cancer in his thyroid and pituitary glands, said that he will take this moment to write more about his illness.
“At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.”
Ebert is an icon in the media and film industry, so needless to say, we’re sending positive thoughts his way.