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About the Site
SurfaceCity was born by accident, much like my sister (or so my parents tell me), as a sort-of non-tourist, non-Citysearch guide to Boston. Much of the inspiration came from PlanetSOMA, which, if you've been there, you've probably noticed.

Why the name?
"Substance in an age of surface"-Utne Reader
Obviously, that quote isn't about this site (it refers to the Georgia Review). In the late '90s, when this site was developed, the inverse of that statement applied all too well to Boston. In some cases it still does (e.g., the "Ladder District"), but the shine is starting to wear through. You'll be surprised by what's underneath.

With few execptions (notably, Boston Online and the City's official site, most websites about Boston that I've come across either cater to tourists and their preconceptions or are too wrapped up in giving a cute history of the city to offer any meaningful content: Walk the Freedom Trail, visit Quincy Market and Newbury St., the rich people live on Beacon Hill...Well, no shit. SurfaceCity is here to get you past that and into the little shops and holes in the wall that you might not otherwise come across.

Aside from Boston, SurfaceCity exists as my outlet for ranting. I've never bought into the absurd fantasy that blogs are anything other than steam valves for the hypercritical. It's also here for you, too, so let the comments fly.

As impatient as I sometimes get with Boston and some of the people who inhabit it, it's still a great place to live. Although much of downtown has been transformed into a yuppie theme park, there's still urban culture to be found if you know where to look. That's what this guide is for.

If you're looking for $100 a meal restaurants, B-list parties masquerading as socialite gatherings or champagne clubs, you ain't gonna find it here. If, however, you're looking for good used bookstores and thrift shops, unknown artists and cool places to check out local bands, you're in the right place.

In case you haven't already figured it out, this is disclaimer masquerading as an introduction. What you'll find here is not the final authority on Boston, nor is it meant to be (see the there are plenty of them on the web. If you're looking for more than that, read on.

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Q: What's your favorite movie?
A: Drumline.

Q: Many people find meaning and direction in their life by studying famous quotes uttered by deep thinkers, from Billy Joel lyrics to Satre's "Hell is other people." What are some words you live by?
A: Increase the peace. Peace in the Middle East. Peace out. Hasta la vista, baby. I'm Rick James, bitch. I try to live my life according to the principles on which those words are predicated.

Q: You realize that you're both asking and answering these questions, right?
A: Yes, but at least I haven't started referring to myself in the third-person yet.

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