I love love love good writing and often come across passages, sentences, phrases that I have to read over and over again because they are crafted so well. I think I'll start collecting them here, officially.
Mack has no great fondness for Memphis. Once, as a boy, he'd been chased by a bee there, down a street that was long and narrow and lined on one side with parked cars. He'd ducked into a phone booth, but the bee waited for him, and Mack ended up stepping out after twenty minutes and getting stung anyway. It wasn't true what they said about bees. They were not all that busy. They had time. They could wait. It was a myth, that stuff about busy as a bee."
-from What You Want to Do Fine, collected in Birds of America by Lorrie Moore