For me the best takeaways from all this were (1) his answer to the question of what his own daemon would be:
I think she’s a raven. She belongs to that family
of birds that steal things – the jackdaws, the rooks,
crows and magpies – and I admire those birds.
I applaud their enterprising way of dealing with
the world and their intelligence. I love the way
ravens fly: they are the most acrobatic and daring
birds. So I would be very pleased if my daemon
were a raven.
and (2) looking at his photo accompanying the article and thinking that he looks like a hobbit.
Here's the whole piece:
current reading: a mediocre CALL OF CTHULHU module.
my next purchase: LA BELLE SAUVAGE.
P.S. Apropos of the recent discussion here re. Milne, another recent interview w. Pullman reveals the unsurprising fact that Pullman doesn't like Milne. He also has harsh words for Nesbit, and, surprisingly, Grahame. I'm sorry to here he can't appreciate the latter, who laid the ground for Pullman's own work, but so it goes.