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Nothing - Janne Teller Well...that was deeply disturbing. I don't even know what to say about it, other than, you know. Disturbing.

The gist:

There's a small town in Denmark, and in the town, there is a class of 7th grade students. In Denmark, this makes them about 14 years old. On the first day of 7th grade, Pierre Anton stands up and says, "Nothing matters. I have known that for a long time. So nothing is worth doing. I just realized that." He walks out of school and doesn't return. Instead, he sits in a plum tree and shouts to his former classmates that they're wasting their time, that there's just no reason for anything. So they rage against those pronouncements, and they set out to find meaning. And the way they do it is...well, it's very like young teenagers, at first--somewhat thoughtless, casually cruel. And it devolves from there.

And I still can't even think of what to say about it. I didn't like it, but it was good, you know?