After losing his lower jaw (and nearly his life) to cancer in 2006, he also lost the ability to speak but has since managed to communicate with readers online and even had a Scottish company digitally reconstruct his voice from hours of his television shows.
With the help of the voice program on his Mac, his wife Chaz and friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, Ebert presents a powerful story, but also makes some profound points about the impact of technology and the Internet.
Among other things, we learn that:
- A Leonard Cohen song (I’m Your Man) saved his life
- How his blog, Twitter and Facebook have given him a way to speak
- Both HAL 9000 and the pioneering web browser Mosaic were created in his hometown of Urbana, Illinois