Pop Culture
Feb 17, 2010, 07:57AM

4 years ago, Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak after a battle with cancer

"The doctors told him they were going to give him back him back his ability to eat, drink, and talk. But the doctors were wrong, weren't they?"

An intimate profile from Esquire.

For the 281st time in the last ten months Roger Ebert is sitting down to watch a movie in the Lake Street Screening Room, on the sixteenth floor of what used to pass for a skyscraper in the Loop. Ebert's been coming to it for nearly thirty years, along with the rest of Chicago's increasingly venerable collection of movie critics. More than a dozen of them are here this afternoon, sitting together in the dark. Some of them look as though they plan on camping out, with their coats, blankets, lunches, and laptops spread out on the seats around them.


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