1. If only we could have him review everything, forever. The scope and depth of Roger Ebert’s influence in the field of film criticism cannot be overstated … 

    Over his lifetime, Ebert wrote more than 10,000 reviews, delivering raves and pans alike in his warm, inimitable writing style. Whether you agreed or disagreed with his take on a particular movie, his reviews were always fair, and were often such a joy to read that he would half-convince you you’d been wrong all along.

    He was eager to speak with the many young critics he inspired, and was quick to use his talents and fame to help others. When I was just beginning my career as a film and television critic, Ebert found and tweeted out several of my articles — a professional compliment that has never since been equaled, and that I suspect never will.”

    —Our entertainment editor, Scott Meslow, wrote an incredibly touching piece remembering Roger Ebert, who died today at the age of 70. We highly recommend you read the whole damn thing.


  2. Dear Abby: My boyfriend is going to be 20 years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? —Carol
    Dear Carol: Nevermind what he’d like, give him a tie.

    Dear Abby: Our son married a girl when he was in the service. They were married in February and she had an 8 1/2-pound baby girl in August. She said the baby was premature. Can an 8 1/2-pound baby be this premature? —Wanting to Know
    Dear Wanting: The baby was on time. The wedding was late. Forget it. 

    Here, 13 of Dear Abby’s best zingers.


  3. "Chris took his work seriously, but never himself," says Molly Phee, who entered the diplomatic corps with Stevens and now serves in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “He was an avid student of Islam and the Middle East, and consistently strove to build the proverbial bridge between our two cultures in the face of sometimes overwhelming antagonism and bitter misunderstanding.”

    A look back at the heroic life of Ambassador Chris Stevens


  4. Recommended viewing. All the way to the end.

    From This American Life’s website, Ira Glass writes: “In our recent cinema event, he talked about his illness and, for the last time in his life, danced onstage.”

    David Rakoff, an essayist, actor, and regular contributor to This American Life, died yesterday at the age of 47.


  5. Griffith’s joy, professionalism, and love of creating “was inspiring to grow up around,” says Ron Howard, who played Griffith’s son, Opie, on The Andy Griffith Show. It was never lost on Griffith that he had “the opportunity to create something that people can enjoy,” and he treated that opportunity with “respect and passion.” He was unpretentious, and always appreciative of the audience he was making the show for. “He was a great influence on me.”

    Remembering Andy Griffith: ‘America’s favorite sheriff’