In a recent interview, Phyllis Tickle tips her hand when she mentions ‘cyborgs’. I read that, and it hit me: Phyllis Tickle is a cyborg. That’s it. It is the only logical explanation for such an otherworldly person who can, at any given moment,
speak the truth, directly and with eloquence
write something glorious that will change your mind
outmaneuver your smartest college prof.
astound you with her graciousness
shame you with her work ethic
crack you up with her humor
talk like a farmer
speak with worldly erudition
and lift you over her head and body-slam you to the ground (she wouldn’t, but don’t think for a second that she couldn’t).