Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.

John Updike

Happy birthday, Updike!

Believe it or not, it's been a little over a year since he died.

Although Updike's primary legacy abides in his Rabbit books, my favorite continues to be Toward the End of Time.