Statesboro, GA, USA
What's the difference between absurdist and nihilistic viewpoints, he asks, keeping this in the realm of philosophy...
It could be said that nihilism is a response to absurdism. If one is true, the other seems to follow.
On a personal note, I can appreciate absurdism, because it can be taken partially rather than universally. There are absurd aspects of reality, and yet there can be hope for some answer or resolve. That's why I appreciate Dostoevsky so much. He was an absurdist I could tolerate in that he placed absurdity in a larger telos of God's plan ... and yet his works have never glossed over the less "photogenic" dimensions of life on Earth.
For this reason, the "Frenchies" (Sartre, Camus) and Kafka didn't appeal to me so much. Personally, I think it takes some light even to appreciate the darker vales.