Thank you. I was hoping that someone would post that would give nihilism due treatment or at least acknowledge it as potentially valid, instead of casual dismissing it.
Also glad you made the distinction that it simply denies meaning in the objective, as opposed to the perpetuated stigma of it being the lament of the hopeless.
I recently deduced that I am a nihilist of sorts. It has felt a bit overwhelming, but your words really helped me. Part of me felt this way, but I needed to know that others are in the same boat. I'm an instantiation of the human species. The things that seem to matter to me come from both my physical composition and the experiences I have had and how they were reinforced for me (the nature/nurture stuff). I have been an atheist for many years but have been "in the attic" (my term for being "in the closet" as an atheist). I am evaluating still what it means to be a nihilist. Reading the thoughts of others is helping. Thanks.
Kafka, Dostojevskij and Tolstoj come highly recommended. And when you are ready to take a plunge into full blown absurdism then Camus is great.
The character "The Comedian" in Watchmen is also pretty well written nihilist, as well as "Tyler Durden" in Fightclub.