Eric Ormsby, "A Kingdom in Splinters
," New Criterion
(March, 2015), a review of James Turner, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014):
When I first met the late Albert Jamme, the renowned epigrapher of Old South Arabian, this Belgian Jesuit startled me by exclaiming at the top of his voice, "I hate my bed!" When I politely suggested that he get a new mattress, he shot back with "No, no! I hate my bed because it keeps me from my texts!"