There’s a homeless man named Spencer K. Montague at the heart of Shadows and Ghosts...an odd figure in a story driven by women.
He wasn’t in the original design of the book. In fact, he wasn’t even created for the book later on. He was fished out of the bottom of the desk drawer where I’d put him ten years earlier because I didn’t know what to do with him. But when I began my celebration of movies, my tale about a filmmaker and her identical twin, I thought of Spencer, the man who goes from cad to prophet when he’s hit by a car, and everything he sees is suddenly encased in a golden light.
In a book which is all about vision, and the way people interpret what they see when they meet someone, or walk into a room, or sit in a theater waiting for the screen to light up, he was a perfect fit.
Sometimes it pays to revisit those stories consigned to the bottoms of drawers.
Causes Barbara Froman Supports
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Lawyers for the Creative Arts