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. Tom Swift is a writer and the author of Chief Bender’s Burden, winner of the Seymour Medal. You can follow him on Instagram (@t.swift_utd), where he is something of a sensation; at last count, he has more than twenty followers. Also, he tweets (intermittently) @untethereddog.