New things from old things. Treasures from trash. The present, embedded in the past, pushing forward into a narrated future. Language is repurposed noise, meaning made of marks: stone, papyrus, parchment, paper, little glowing screens. Words are the ultimate renewable resource: order out of chaos, art out of life, and stories, stories, stories, from the trivial to the profound: internet clickbait, the epics of the Ancients.