The movie critic in winter

Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw, the ability to speak, and the ability to eat except through a tube as a result of cancer treatment several years ago. Esquire’s Chris Jones has a profile of the Roger Ebert of today, who communicates through his computer’s speech synthesizer and a frankly brilliant and copious amount of online writing. Viz., Ebert’s response to the piece on his blog. The photos accompanying the piece are truly harrowing — Ebert is unrecognizable — but he’s fearless about his own appearance. Via Kottke.