Capon: Absurdity

“[This book] has only one conceit to sell, and that is, that if he will take hold of Absurdity with both hands, he will be wiser than all the books that try to resolve it. Because life is absurd. It is like the square root of -1: You can do a lot with it, but you can’t do much about it. And everything that is central in life is absurd in proportion to the degree of its centrality. Saving one’s money, not very; Stamp collecting, a little; Music, quite; Love and Marriage, tremendously; and Birth, Death, and Faith, absolutely. Our peasant has his hand on a very large truth, and no slick reconciler should ever be allowed to talk him out of it.”

– Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board (p. 13-14)


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