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A Hilarious Decendent of Chief Justice John Marshall Speaks!

John Marshall Portrait"In September 2003, the descendants of John Marshall, the fourth and arguably greatest Chief Justice of the United States, gathered at the Richmond Marriott for a weekend of cocktails and lectures." So begins the most laugh-out-loud funny piece of writing I've stumbled across in a literary journal since... It's damn funny is my point. Peyton Marshall, a descendent of no fewer than three of John Marshall's six children ("Kissing cousins," explains the author's father). I want you to read this, but I don't want to spoil it trying to sell it to you. I'll just say this: the things that shouldn't be funny are: the wax bust of John Marshall, the fawning historians, the flashbacks to the author's short career selling double-wides on the Iowa prarie. And if you don't know A Public Space, the fine people who published this fine piece, you ought to.

Source: A Public Space