The wonderful one-hoss cliché

I’m the last person who needs to be arguing against the judicious — hell, the injudicious — use of shtick. There are, however, plenty of folks who’ve decided that they’ve seen entirely too much already, and are compelled to respond with lists of horribly overused tropes.

Checking my own piddling fictional output — nonfiction is obviously off the scale — against this list, I see quite a bit of #4, not so much of #2 and #8, and hardly any of the others. And to be up front about it, the title here, an Oliver Wendell Holmes reference, is a blatant #4.

(Via Bill Peschel.)

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