I had a rather nasty post in my blogging drafts for ages complaining about the mistakes with about pages (one-person websites hide behind vague ‘wes’ in undisclosed locations). Then Roger Ebert died.
While he doesn’t appear to be that well known outside of the US (apart from by netizens), I’ve been a fan of Ebert’s movie reviews for years. (Admittedly it may have helped that I only knew him from the web, and so missed his “thumbs up” TV show ratings that did make many write him off as unsubtle).
As the accolades rolled out, one particular detail caught my eye:
Be thankful the “editorial we” has bit the dust.
I’ve been around a long time, and young men, if there is one thing I know, it is that the only way to kiss a girl for the first time is to look like you want to and intend to, and move in fast enough to seem eager but slow enough to give her a chance to say “So anyway …” and look up as if she’s trying to remember your name.
Of course, in the wrong hands this could be shameless narcissism, but done well, it’s endearing, even poetry.
To be honest, as writers (which most of us involved in the web are, to varying degrees) there are so many things that we can pull from his writing. (But I’m sure there’ll be a Fastcodesign piece doing just that sometime soon).