Two people were pivotal in my obsession with cinema: George Lucas, and Roger Ebert. Lucas conceived it, and Ebert sustained it. This blog is a good example, because Ebert is the reason it happened. And this biography shows how many people's lives in movies "happened", because of Ebert. You need to know Siskel, Scorsese, Corliss, Herzog, Bahrani, and Morris, so when they praise Ebert, or when Scorsese chokes up about him, you understand what a great mind we have lost. Steven James (another progeny) has superbly detailed the man who changed film conversation, and made that conversation available to all.