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You are now backstage at The Nearby Café -- in our green room and kitchen, so to speak. If you want to know more about the Café as a project -- its history, its management and staff, its reception by the online community -- you've come to the right place. Feel free to wander around and poke your nose in anywhere.

For up-to-date information about the Café, go to our News & Reviews area. Here we post the following:

  • Welcome to the Café invites you in and sketches out the beliefs on the basis of which the Café has developed since its inauguration in fall 1995.
  • Café News reports on notable events in the Café's relationship to the internet community and the world at large.
  • Café Reviews presents comments on the Café that appear in print, online, and in other media.
  • In-house News tells you about the Café's management and staff, and assorted internal matters.
  • Café Sponsors and Friends offers brief notes on our sponsors, our suppliers, the friends and colleagues who assist us in creating and running it, and the tools and software we use to produce the Café.
  • The Café Copyright page spells out the copyright status of all Café content, and provides protocols regarding re-use of any of the material that appears here.
  • For comic relief, we've gathered references to nearby cafés around the globe in The Nearby Café Worldwide.

In our Site History section, you'll find:

  • The Nearby Café: A Brief History, in which A. D. Coleman recounts the Café's origins and evolution.
  • The Way We Were, an exact recreation of the Café's main page as it appeared until May 2004, when the current version of the Café replaced its predecessor. A bit of cybernostalgia for our regulars (and ourselves).
  • For more comic relief, we've generated a set of Anagrams of The Nearby Café.

Finally, in our Archives, you'll find:

-- The Management.