“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
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.
Make It Yours