Saturday, October 10, 2009

Synchronicity, Miracles, and John Lennon

Cat: Do you believe in miracles?

Hammett: Yes, but most humans are cynical and materialistic. As Dr. Bernie Segal, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles said, nothing impedes the miraculous like logic, reason, or doubt.

Cat: Have you witnessed miracles or unusual events in your own life?

Hammett: After I wrote chapter one of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe, which mentions Mercer Street in Greenwich Village, I got a wrong number on my landline thirty minutes later from Mercerville, New Jersey. Counting home phones, cells, and business phones, there are approximately ten billion telephone numbers in the United States alone. That kind of synchronicity happened to me almost every day I was writing the novel.

Cat: Can you give another example?

Hammett: I wrote a scene in which John Lennon recounts the Beatles’ visit to New Orleans, where they were impressed above all else by meeting Fats Domino and seeing his enormous diamond-studded watch. The next day, I was sitting in the exam room of a doctor’s office. I looked down at the small table next to me and saw a four-year-old People magazine open to an article on the Beatles. The picture used for the story just happened to be a shot of the group in New Orleans. All four Beatles were gathered around Fats Domino, admiring his diamond watch. What are the odds that an old magazine would be sitting there, open to a page illustrating a scene I’d just written? Readers from all over the world have emailed me to share their own synchronistic or miraculous events in their lives. I’m a believer.

Cat: Care to share any of the letters?

What William Hammett forwarded to me was proof that John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café was having an impact on people, a further indication, along with many others, that the book was quietly gaining the status of cult fiction.

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