The opening ceremonies of the Olympics have been on for all twenty minutes, and I’m already on cliché overload:
Here are my favorites:
“a Phelps free for all”
“There are so many chinas.”
“a country where the few rule the many”
“a long march to a night that might be most momentous”
“There are two walls in china, the wall that surrounds china and the wall that surrounds the ruling class.”
“The Chinese are reaching their hands out to the world.”
“night of contrasts”
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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.