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Jonathan Gold enters Nothingness and finds somethingness — namely, Thunderbolt frog and BBQ potato

“If you gaze long into an abyss,” Nietzsche wrote, “the abyss also gazes into you.”If you gaze long into Nothingness, or at least into the San Gabriel Sichuan restaurant of that name, the Nothingness that stares back at you is likely to include steamed whole fish, braised lamb with jelly noodle, and pig feet with hot pepper. The steam rising from hot pots may suggest an infinite void, but only for that moment before the vivid red of the roiling broth becomes visible through the mist. Also, I imagine the empty world does not smell quite so strongly of garlic and toasted chiles.Why is there something rather than nothingness? Because the presumption of nonexistence does not allow for the possibility of live c ...