The repetitive regurgitation of commencement-speech clichés, platitudes, and adages was put in the spotlight in 2005 — fittingly enough, in a commencement speech at Kenyon College given by writer David Foster Wallace.

Wallace, whose magnum opus and best-known work, Infinite Jest, is 1,079 pages long, began his speech with what he deemed a “didactic little parable-ish” story, which is a commencement speech staple.

The story Wallace employs goes as follows:

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Recently, the Helderberg American Legion Post 977 and Ladies’ Auxiliary sponsored a picnic at the post in Altamont for the purpose of installing the officers of both groups for the year 2014-15.

To the Editor:

Superintendent Marie Wiles’s recent letter outlining the process going forward for the school district capacity use study gives pause for serious concern.

The Guilderland School District is lucky that it is not faced with crumbling buildings and calls for educational performance improvement.  The district has performed well academically.

To the Editor:

On June 10, the Guilderland School District released a building capacity report, created by Dr. Paul Seversky. The report was created with the purpose of determining efficiency of space and teacher use in the district.

To the Editor:

“Dr. Chesebro of Knox advertised his pills and salve extensively in The Knowersville Enterprise (to become The Altamont Enterprise in 1888) in the 1880s.”  This, according to the Knox Sesquicentennial History book, published in 1972.