" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 28, 2019

Consider the Titanic and the Lobster Chowder?

I had just listened to an episode at the
'Fiction Predictions' podcast which discussed a fictitious novel published 14 years before the Titanic sunk, which seemed to eerily parallel the events that would take place 14 years later.
And then I read the recent news article about Celine Dion saying how see nearly turned down the offer to sing
'My Heart Will Go On' -
Celine Dion reveals shocking fact about Titanic movie
Fiction Predictions Podcast: The novel that predicted the sinking of the Titanic
I can think of a person who starred in an earlier version of the movie 'Titanic' and who would latter lose a wife at sea, which was kind of hinted at in QT's 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' this year through a parallel to Cliff Booth's wife's mysterious drowning, and which I wrote a post about earlier this year -
A Titanic Double Entendre at Robert Wagner's Character?
But what surprised me reading the news story about Celine was that there was an alternate ending to the JC version of 'Titanic' featuring Bill Paxton's character -
Emma Watson's Eerie Circle
And another fact in that same article that struck me as odd was there was written that 80 crew members working on JC's 'Titanic' movie were treated for suspected food poisoning and then it was later found that someone had spiked the lobster chowder with angel dust.
"Poisoned chowder: During filming, 80 crew members were violently ill and many were rushed to hospital when someone spiked a pot of lobster chowder with an illicit hallucinogen drug called angel dust.
Leo, Kate and that grandma (Gloria Stuart) didn’t eat any of the chowder."
Murdered on August 9th, 1969
I couldn't help thinking of David Foster Wallace's book
'Consider the Lobster' when I read about the spiked lobster chowder consumed on August 9th, 1996 -
"Titanic" Crew's Lobster Chowder Spiked with PCP
Shipping out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments is a 1997 collection of nonfiction writing by David Foster Wallace.
In the title essay, originally published in Harper's as

"Shipping Out", Wallace describes the excesses of his one-week trip in the Caribbean aboard the cruise ship MV Zenith, which he rechristens the Nadir.
He is displeased with the professional hospitality industry and the "fun" he should be having and explains how the indulgences of the cruise cause uncomfortable introspection, leading to overwhelming internal despair.
Wallace uses footnotes extensively throughout the piece for various asides.
Another essay in the same volume takes up the vulgarities and excesses of the Illinois State Fair.
This collection also includes Wallace's influential essay "E Unibus Pluram" on television's impact on contemporary literature and the use of irony
in American culture.
I think real life is way stranger than fiction.
Consider the Lobster

UPDATE: November 29th, 2019

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