When Marc was at Clark University, a reporter for Worcester Magazine stopped him on the street. Would he weigh in on whether Richard Nixon had gone to hell?

This event has four notable aspects:

  1. the fortuitousness of encountering a reporter named “J.P. ‘Nattering Nabob of Negativism’ Langlands”;
  2. Marc envisaging a “weird space neither you nor I can imagine”;
  3. Marc inflicting Kurt Cobain’s guitar riffs on Richard Nixon as an infernal punishment; and
  4. Marc’s bothering to write in — after the initial publication of his response — to clarify his point of view.

Marc took humor seriously, and his brand of humor had a serious lilt.