The following blog entry contains Breaking Bad spoilers, in case you're a fan.
I'm currently reading a terrific book, Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein. I picked it up on a whim last weekend. I'm not a fan of true crime non-fiction, but something about the book intrigued me, almost like someone was telling me to read it. I've always had an interest in Japan, and I decided it was time to read something a little different. Last night I was about to recommend the book on Twitter, when I noticed this tweet by Cat Vincent at the top of my Twitter stream:
Ian 'Cat' Vincent @catvincent
RT @jakeadelstein: Ernest Hemingway once said, "Don't talk about writing, just write." But he never said "Don't tweet about writing."
Yep, Cat had just retweeted the very same Jake Adelstein! This is one whopper of a coincidence. But wait, there's more.
Inspired by this, I returned to reading Tokyo Vice. The chapter involved Jake sneaking a look at a suicide -- a young Japanese man had electrocuted himself. I stopped reading, feeling a little sick, and not because I'm notoriously squeamish about this stuff (I am. Extremely. I can't even look at roadkill). What hit me was that in the latest episode of the tv series Breaking Bad I'd watched the previous night, a character committed suicide using the exact same electrocution method. I was shocked (pun intended).
So that's two big bolts of synchronicity, thanks to one book I picked up on a whim about a subject I normally wouldn't want anything to do with. Don't worry, I have no plans to zap myself; but I have checked every electrical outlet and appliance in my house just to be safe.