Carol Spindel teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Illinois and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She is the author of In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove and Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy Over American Indian Mascots. A native Memphian, she now lives in Urbana, Illinois.
Reverend King and Elvis and Mr. Crump are just our famous ghosts, the public phantoms we share. Like everyone else, Memphians have their own private ghosts. Mine is tall and skinny and bald and wears black glasses—the same ones that are back in style.