In an article for Forbes.com, Jeff McMahon, AM’02, examines the beloved, accessible, and often rule-breaking writing style of Roger Ebert, X’70. McMahon notes that many tributes to Ebert since his death have somewhat clumsily focused on his love of movies, and neglected the nuance and humility he brought to his reviews. Along with his obvious passion for the films he reviewed, McMahon’s article illustrates that Ebert should be remembered both for his honesty and his respect for the audience. “Why was Roger Ebert the greatest movie reviewer?” McMahon asks. “Not because he cared about movies, not because he told us what to think about movies, but because he told us just enough to care and to think for ourselves.”
McMahon is an alumnus of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and currently serves as the program’s writing advisor. He also teaches journalism courses for the Committee on Creative Writing.