Friday, January 04, 2008

With Your Tongue Down My Throat

Oh, to be young again! I could practically feel myself slouching (pimplier, moodier, and greasier) as I read this celebration of the first hundred issues of Granta, a tiny Cambridge journal that "rose to conquer the literary world".

Reminiscing over the back issues, the first I can remember reading is Granta 12: The Rolling Stones and the last is Granta 22: With Your Tongue Down My Throat. That is two and a half years' worth of a quarterly.

We drifted apart after that, never having regained the intensity of our relationship after the peaks scaled by Granta 20: In Trouble Again: Redmond O'Hanlon in the Amazon jungle, Salman Rushdie in Nicaragua, Colin Thubron in China, Ryszard Kapuscinski in Angola, Martha Gellhorn in Cuba, Peregrine Hodson in Afghanistan. Plus: Amitav Ghosh, Norman Lewis, Timothy Garton Ash, Hanif Kureishi, and Orville Schell.

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