Niels Bohr wrote, "The opposite of a true statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth can be another profound truth." (p. 25)
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller
In Book Six, Knausgaard sheds some light on this very point. For he writes that “style is little more than self-awareness.”
Whether reading a book, watching a film, or observing a painting, make sure you make it yours.
That means internalizing your perception via a filter, ideally in relation to an idea, point of view or project you're currently engaged with.
Often, you will have a stronger connection to the work, as you are embodying it within a relatable context. And it enables you to appreciate the work over time, via different vantages.
“There is often more power in “knowing how” rather than “knowing that.” The markers used to navigate a river are indeterminate in order to be practical. … The aim is to offer not solutions, but rather mechanisms for generating solutions.”
— Keller Easterling, Extra-statecraft