My friend Bill sent this to me just in time for the India trip. I thought I knew elephants (I know I love them) — but there were so many anecdotes in this essay that I had to stop and reread and then read to M. Second to humans, they’re easily the most fascinating mammals on earth (they have inner lives. they’ve been known to create art out of boredom — and I’m not referring to the elephants who have been trained to paint flowers. they recognize ivory jewelry as a fallen comrade. they hold grudges. they herald the arrival of a baby elephant with a great stomp and a trumpet salute. they will fuck with you if you fuck with them, but they will save you, too, with the tenderest care.). Ms. Nicol captures them beautifully. Thanks, Bill.