I came across this site, cited below (I didn't quite understand what was going on: a play?),  while searching for a short-cut to find the pages in VN's Gogol for the "comic and a cosmic extra-sybillant" page reference. I
'm now re-reading Gogol with great renewed enjoyment. VN begins with a page from "Diary of a Madman" and just after a long confession of sufferings endured we find... "And by the way, gentlemen, do you know that the Bey of Algiers has a round lump growing right under his nose?" I was reminded of Kinbote's foreword:: " he marked his card or cards not with the date of his final adjustments, but with that of his Corrected Draft or first Fair Copy [...] There is a very loud amusement park right in front of my present lodgings."   

Neo Sincerity:The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic is a Single Letter
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