MYSTICAL [adjective] 1. mystic; occult; involving or characterised by esoteric, otherworldly, or symbolic practices or content, as certain religious ceremonies and art; spiritually significant. 2. of or pertaining to mystics or mysticism - a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy. 3. spiritually symbolic. 4. Rare
by John McPhee A slim but not slight meditation on a young basketball star named Bill Bradley. It's ostensibly about what it means to be gifted in that blessed, almost mystical definition of the word, but the book's essence is its overriding sense of promise: Here, two men who went on to become the best at what they do meet in empty gyms and college dormitories and decide between them what it will take to be great.