The Sunny Nihilist: A Declaration of the Pleasure of Pointlessness (Hardcover)

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The Sunny Nihilist will open your mind to the brighter side of meaninglessness. (Hear me out.) Embracing nihilism--orr at least being open to it--can free you from the constant messages we receive about how every. single. thing. must. have. DEEP. meaning. As someone who detests the phrase "everything happens for a reason" but is grateful for what past mistakes and successes have taught me, Wendy Syfret's book is just what the doctor ordered. 

— Janet


A positively rebellious take on a traditionally negative philosophy offers an antidote for our anxious times.

Career success, a beautiful life, a beautiful Instagram account—what's the point? In a world where meaning has become twisted into a form of currency that everyone is very keen to cash in on, journalist Wendy Syfret invites you to change the way you think about the way you think.

In her seminal work, The Sunny Nihilist, Syfret presents the optimism in Nihilism, encouraging us to dismantle our self-care and self-centered way of living and accept a life more or less ordinary. Syfret re-examines the meaning of worth, value, time, happiness, success, and connection, and guides us towards the alternative path of pointless pleasure.

When you let go of the idea that everything must have purpose, you will find relief from stress, exhaustion, and anxiety. Most importantly, you can embrace the opportunity to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos and luck of being alive at all. The Sunny Nihilist is an inspiring call to action and survival adaptation for modern life.

About the Author

Wendy Syfret is former Head of Editorial for VICE Australia and an award-winning writer, editor, and author whose work has appeared in i-D and the Guardian.

Praise For…

"Syfret’s creative use of nihilism to dismiss the ‘meaningful' values and activities of normal society is engaging and potentially useful to anyone who feels trapped by those standards and willing to rethink their own priorities.”
-Dr. Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett, New York Times bestselling authors of F*ck Feelings

"An honest, urgent, but also totally chill and non-dreadful call to find the mirthful in the meaningless. Syfret makes me proud to call myself a sunny nihilist."

-Amanda Montell, author of Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language and Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

“Rehabilitating overachievers can find further justification in Wendy Syfret’s The Sunny Nihilist.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Sharp . . . this hopeful and breezy take will have philosophy-minded readers believing that an ordinary existence can indeed 'become celestial’-if the perspective is right.”
-Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797215808
ISBN-10: 1797215809
Publisher: Chronicle Prism
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English