Dear Animal Collective,
What kinds of animals are you?
You can’t be a herd of cows, a murder
of crows, or a crash of rhinos. Not an
army of ants, nor a troop of baboons.
Not a shiver of sharks, nor a mustering
of storks. What kind of animal gathers
together into “collectives”?
—Katherine Muller, assistant professor
of biology, Yale College

Dear Professor Muller,
We are human beings. Except for our
drummer, who is, in fact, a cow. Hope
that clears things up!
—Animal Collective