Welcome . . .
The Nearby Café
is now open. What's your pleasure?
Step in to The Nearby Café:
a quiet, relaxing cyberplace where you can come
by anytime to engage with the varied projects,
activities, and ideas of some vital people and
organizations in the fields of the visual arts,
literature and writing, politics, food and travel,
love and lust -- a reasonable cross-section of
the central issues of 21st-century culture. Our
goal is to provide the ambiance of the classic
international café with an Internet spin.
As befits such a place,
since we opened our cyberdoors in fall 1995 we've
attracted a truly diverse international clientele.
To date, we've had visitors from all over the
U.S., and from dozens of other countries as well:
Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Israel, Japan,
Mexico, the United Kingdom, Poland, Russia, Sweden,
Finland, Norway, Denmark, Malaysia, Argentina,
and Croatia, to name just a few. (Hello, Kazakhstan!)
All of our content areas
are finished and waiting for you to visit. Please
pull up a chair and settle down at any of them
-- or feel free to table-hop. Make yourself comfortable
As you can see, we incline
towards a comparatively calm, low-key site; we
think it makes for a more conducive environment
for thinking, reading, reflecting. Call it house
style, if you will. And that's the core of the
café tradition as a whole. So you won't
find a lot of bells and whistles here -- not too
much that blinks, shakes, wiggles or burps. The
Nearby Café is deliberately heavy on content
and light on visual or auditory distractions.
We regularly enrich the
content of our site in all our subject areas,
including new portfolios in the Nearby
Café Gallery. Periodically, we enhance
the site technically by introducing new facets
to existing Café features. We announce
these additions and changes as our Blackboard
Specials, and we suggest that you check there
first each time you stop in, to see the very latest
offerings. And we encourage you to come back often;
we're open 24/7/365 -- plus leap years.
Limitations of the space-time
continuum currently prevent us from serving you
any sort of beverage other than the virtual. Feel
free to bring your own. Everything else on our
menu is real. Take a look . . .
-- The Management