The Importance of Retelling

Maurice Blanchot, The Infinite Conversation, 1969:

In the first place, no one dreams that works and songs could be created out of nothing. They are always given in advance, in memory’s immobile present. Who would be interested in a new and non-transmitted speech? What is important is not to tell, but to tell once again and, in this retelling, to tell again each time a first time.