Über das Wiederlesen von Büchern
There are people, though, who cannot see the point of rereading, who consider it the very definition of a waste of time. (I never imagined such people existed until my wife announced this opinion herself.) They are, I regret to say, philistines with an atrophied response to literature who shouldn’t (with the possible exception of my wife) be allowed near a book in the first place. It’s like saying you don’t want to listen to a work of music because you’ve already heard it. Of course life is too short to go back to every book you have liked or loved – but to rule it out absolutely? That is to ignore the fact that a book is not the same when you come back to it. You never step in the same river twice, if you’re looking properly.
Nikolas Lezard, 9. November 2007 im Guardian