I'm very pleased to be able to report that my friend and colleague Roger Ebert is back on the job as the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. For those who don't know, Roger suffered severe complications following cancer surgery last summer and was very ill for a while.
Now, he reports, he's in rehabilitation for physical infirmaries, but his mental faculties are intact and he's raring to go. He'll only be reviewing on a limited basis until probably the first of the year, but it's great to have him back, even in a reduced capacity.
Roger was a key figure in my development as a critic, both through his superb body of work and through his generous personal advice. I probably wouldn't be a critic at all if it weren't for Roger, and I certainly wouldn't be writing for the Sun-Times. Sharing space with him at the paper has been one of my greatest honors as a writer.
A speedy recovery to you, my friend.