A calculus of the absurd

Chapter 1 Introduction

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\begin{equation*} \int \frac {d}{dx} \left ( \lvert \sqrt {2}\rvert x \right ) dx = \lvert \sqrt {2}\rvert x + c \end{equation*}

“The central theme of Anna Karenina,” he said, “is that a rural life of moral simplicity, despite its monotony, is the preferable personal narrative to a daring life of impulsive passion, which only leads to tragedy.” “That is a very long theme,” the scout said. “It’s a very long book,” Klaus replied.

— Lemony Snicket, the slippery slope, book eight of a series of unfortunate events