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24 April 2007
  Stranger than Fiction?
Watching Stranger than Fiction on one of the last flights of my trip was a pleasant surprise since I hadn't heard of the movie and really loved it. It reminded me of something that happened earlier on my trip, too. What if something similar to the events of this movie took place, but the real-life character didn't experience them until after the book had been published?

Months before, I read Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore. Early in the story, the main character rides a long-distance bus. At one point, while the bus is stopped in a city along the way, a young Japanese woman who had been sitting further back approaches him and asks to sit with him, since she doesn't want to deal with whomever might get on and sit next to her. He agrees, and when they talk he learns she is a hairdresser.

When I read that part, I was on a long-distance bus. About an hour later, a young Japanese woman who had been sitting further back approached me and asked to sit with me, since she didn't want to deal with whomever might get on and sit next to her. I agreed, and when we talked I learned she was a hairdresser.

Of course, just about everything else about the two situations differed: the character's bus was in Japan while mine was in Egypt (going from Dahab, on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba, to Cairo), and the woman and I didn't have anything else in common with the characters. Still eerie though, don't you think?
 


Comments:
Thats creepy as hell, but in a not-bad way. Is eerie better word?
 
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