Ogged emails in response to last night's snark. He vouches strenuously for John McCumber's all around good character. McCumber is evidently not the slack-jawed troglodyte I made him out to be. He is erudite and sensitive and agreeable and I am willing to take Ogged's word, since I have rather a good impression of Ogged's erudite and sensitive and agreeable nature.
[UPDATE: The basis for Ogged's favorable judgement, he now emails me, is a paper and a book. Well, I'll read the paper. I'm not up for a whole book just right now. But if I can find something nice to say about the paper, I'll post yet another update later.]