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Being Clichéd Journalism

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My gut feeling is that I should just chill out right now and put this on the back burner, but at the end of the day I’m so cutting edge, such a hipster, that, in the final analysis, I need to speak from the heart and demonstrate my very unique, in-depth and encyclopedic knowledge of nondescript terms.

That’s the game plan, anyway. In the foreseeable future, or at least in the near future, such a hands-on, real time effort as this particular labor of love won’t be necessary, but at this point in time, the bottom line is that a state of the art essayist such as myself needs to tell it like it is and write something that is, in essence, just wall-to-wall clichés.

If anyone can suggest a viable alternative, I’m pretty laid back about suggestions, as long as they’re presented in a reasonable time frame; I know that, often, it takes a village to accomplish a task such as this. (Hopefully, I won’t be so spaced out that I fall down the slippery slope into Spanglish!) However, I should say up front that although I’m no rocket scientist, and essay writing isn’t brain surgery, nor am I your typical writer: I rarely succumb to the I-don’t-have-the-right-adjective-so-I’ll-just-string-something-together-with-dashes adjective.

Reflecting back, I realize that I usually manage to find the right word, even if I have to cut into family time to come up with one that really says it all. So this whole exercise runs contrary to my lifestyle. But the name of the game is to empower people with the knowledge that clichés often sneak into their writing, so even if it’s not pleasant, I want this to be the latest breakthrough in essay writing, a real must-have, not something people will read and say, “Been there, done that.”

Now that I’m in a meaningful relationship I can see that it will really affect people’s quality of life—even if you’re a legendary Hollywood star with a three-picture deal, or one that doesn’t speak with a heavy accent, anyway, more of an all-American type—to see the disconnect between good writing and stuff that’s over-the-top. Besides which, it’s the American Dream to produce timeless writing, and anyone can tell that this is gourmet essay writing.

And now that I’ve shown that I think I’m ready for my close-up.


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October 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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