The Babu is wary of literary magazines: he remembers how McSweeney’s morphed from its original moorings into a creature so addicted to self-parody that it makes New Yorker cartoons seem accessible by contrast. But he was impressed by a new kid on the block from Cambridge: Topic has been called “the new Granta” and appears to be less self-conscious than most. Interesting how having a theme for each issue confers instant intellectual respectability on a magazine–here in India, The Little Magazine does this sort of thing very, very well indeed. The Babu’s also a fan of Biblio, but strictly the offline version–the online avatar hasn’t been updated since the Dark Ages.

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