"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
Longish interview with/article on Philip Pullman
about his books, and now the movie, is here. A taste: "It's a foolish thing for the teller of a story to answer critics. If you're putting forward an argument, you can argue back and demonstrate why your argument is better than theirs. But if someone doesn't like a story you've written, what are you going to say? ‘Well, you should'?"