Roger Ebert is attending his 33rd conference in a row, and does not know what he would do without it: “Here I have learned nearly everything I know, and contributed even more than that.” Four years ago at the CWA he initiated the Boulder Pledge, in which users of e-mail promise to never buy anything offered to them in spam. It has swept the world.
Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, syndicated to some 200 other papers. He is co-host of the TV show Ebert & Roeper, and teaches in the University of Chicago Fine Arts Program.
His new book is The Great Movies, essays on 100 classic films. His other books include Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook, I Hated Hated HATED this Movie, Roger Ebert’s Book of Film (a Norton anthology), Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary, and The Perfect London Walk. His annual CWA shot-by-shot film analysis, dubbed “Cinema Interruptus” by the late Howard Higman, inspired the commentary tracks for the DVDs of Dark City and Citizen Kane (which won the Video Premiere Award as the best DVD commentary of the year). Ebert’s web site, www.suntimes.com/ebert was voted Best Movie Review Website this year by the Online Film Critics’ Society.
He would also like to add that statements about him in Bill Nack’s biographical note are what you would expect from a man whose most intimate literary association was with a horse.