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Reviews of Roger Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself, are pouring in — Maureen Dowd’s was just posted — and the critics love it. “The book charms and entertains, but it also teaches,” Spencer Kornhaber writes in the Atlantic. Robert Feder, who worked with Ebert at the Sun-Times for decades, says his ex-colleague wrote a “warm, funny, insightful and thoroughly engaging” book. Ebert tweeted earlier today that “my book gets a dream review from Janet Maslin in the New York Times.” || NPR film critic John Powers said of Ebert:
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Roger has never been one of those critics you read for his analysis. He’s a critic you read for his openness and enthusiasm. Because of that enthusiasm, you might almost say that he’s the original fanboy — breezy, personal and ready to share.