Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died, just two day following his announcement that he’d be taking a break from writing full time. He was and remains an inspiration for all of us trying to make our way in this game.
My genes will not live on, because I have had no children. I am comforted by Richard Dawkins’ theory of memes. Those are mental units: thoughts, ideas, gestures, notions, songs, beliefs, rhymes, ideals, teachings, sayings, phrases, clichés that move from mind to mind as genes move from body to body. After a lifetime of writing, teaching, broadcasting and telling too many jokes, I will leave behind more memes than many.