Roger Ebert’s Response to his Esquire Profile

From his superb blog:

Christy Lemire wrote me: “So, everyone seems pretty moved by the Esquire piece on you, but I’m wondering what you thought about it. It’s so intimate, personal.”

Yeah, it was, wasn’t it? It was also well written, I thought. When I turned to it in the magazine, I got a jolt from the full-page photograph of my jaw drooping. Not a lovely sight. But then I am not a lovely sight, and in a moment I thought, well, what the hell. It’s just as well it’s out there. That’s how I look, after all.

It was an inexplicable instinct that led me to agree when Chris Jones contacted me requesting an interview. The idea of Esquire appealed to me. I did a bunch of interviews for them in the 1970s, when it was the crucible of the New Journalism.

Bill Would Ban Federal Currency in South Carolina

Finally, a state where I can spend my krugerrands and doubloons!

South Carolina will no longer recognize U.S. currency as legal tender, if State Rep. Mike Pitts has his way.

Pitts, a fourth-term Republican from Laurens, introduced legislation earlier this month that would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.


U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion

Wave Slamming Into Spectators

“I almost drowned,” he said.

Williams went to the competition with two friends who put a visit to Mavericks on their “bucket lists.”

He saw a lull in the waves and walked out onto the wall to get a better view of surfers lolling around in what looked like calm water.

The wave that knocked him off the wall came from the left, out of his line of sight, and it was too late to get away by the time he recognized the danger.

He said he wouldn’t have been on the wall if he had known that one of the Mavericks waves had struck an hour earlier, or if he had anticipated another one.

(via DoobyBrain)