In his Foreword to Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art, Michael Chabon writes:
It is the way of confidence men and tricksters to sell you what you already own; but a great writer, in so doing, always finds a way to enrich you by the game.
The same applies to great teachers, too. Pondering this as I think fondly and appreciatively about one of my great teachers.
Thanks to Neil Kandalgaonkar for recommending this book.