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.”

  • “fierce precision”

  • “night of contrasts”

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    Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.