Ted Pillow has pulled together a collection of Roger Ebert quotes about addiction. I loved Ebert and this is a great read. Here’s a taste: “Alcoholics or drug addicts feel wrong when they don’t feel right. Eventually they feel very wrong, and must feel right, and at that point their lives spiral down into some … Continue reading Roger Ebert Reader on Addiction
This post was originally published January 1, 2020. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been missing Roger Ebert recently. I’ve posted about him a few times before and commented on my appreciation that he was a film lover first and a film critic second. I think it’s safe to say that social media has multiplied … Continue reading On advocacy and criticism
I’m not sure why, but I’ve been missing Roger Ebert recently. I’ve posted about him a few times before and commented on my appreciation that he was a film lover first and a film critic second. I think it’s safe to say that social media has multiplied and elevated critics. I’ve been thinking about the … Continue reading On advocacy and criticism
Our friend Jennifer Matesa has a great new post on the question of whether AA is a cult. “The Atlantic Group didn’t resonate with me. It’s like bars—it’s like drinking culture,” she said. “You can find the culture that works for you. Before I got sober, I didn’t like Manhattan drinking culture anymore, so I … Continue reading Is AA a Cult, or a Culture?
Roger Ebert is dead. I always loved that he was a film lover first and a film critic second. More recently I admired courage and spirit and in the face of cancer as it stole pieces of him and his life. I kept his blog feed in the philosopher’s folder of my reader. For me, he embodied … Continue reading RIP Roger E.
Roger Ebert breaks his anonymity: You may be wondering, in fact, why I’m violating the A.A. policy of anonymity and outing myself. A.A. is anonymous not because of shame but because of prudence; people who go public with their newly-found sobriety have an alarming tendency to relapse. Case studies: those pathetic celebrities who check into … Continue reading My name is Roger…