'A person may mention a bird's name even if the creature is not present and correct. A person may even select a flying creature of his own invention. To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the place of namelessness, in short - to identify it. Well, that's a way of bringing the said thing into being.'
- Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990)