Quote from Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton:
"It was curious that so avowedly godless a person should keep trying to write about faith. Belief had left him but the subject remained, nagging at his imagination. The structures and metaphors of religion ... shaped his irreligious mind, and the concerns of these religions with the great questions of existence - Where do we come from? And now that we are here, how shall we live? - were also his, even if he came to conclusions that required no divine arbiter to underwrite and certainly no earthly priest class to sanction and interpret."
Cannot wait to see Rushdie tonight and harass him for an autograph (and a picture of course).