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 writer and the author of Chief Bender’s Burden, winner of the Seymour Medal. He can be reached at tom[at]tom-swift.com.