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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol 1809 to 1852, which was too short a spell for such an interesting person to spend with us. I was reading a translation of Dead Souls and marvelling at the light, chatty tone with which Gogol wrote.
It's a shame, I thought, that Gogol died before the birth of the internet. He'd have been a great podcaster.
I will attempt to rectify this matter, and as re-animating Gogol is out of the question, (And how would we converse? I do not speak Russian.) for the next fortnight I'll run an adaptation of The Nose, an absurd and absurdist short story.