The word commonplace, according to Merriam-Webster, means “a striking passage entered into a commonplace book” or “an idea, expression, remark, etc., that is not new or interesting.” Let the reader decide which definition applies herein.┬áTom Swift is a under-achieving writer and the author of Chief Bender’s Burden, winner of the Seymour Medal. He posts periodic micro-essays on Instagram @t.swift_utd and tweets about hockey and lesser sports @untethereddog.