unearths some literary gems.
From Less, by Andrew Sean Greer:
Listen: you might hear anxiety ticking, ticking, ticking away as he stares at that clock, which unfortunately is not ticking itself. It stopped fifteen years ago.
New York is a city of eight million people, approximately seven million of whom will be furious when they hear you were in town and didn't meet them for an expensive dinner...[it goes on in that vein]....but only five actually available to meet you.