Interesting discussion here on literary criticism from Karachi Literary Festival 2012. This is the third year of KLF. Speakers are Hanif Kureishi, Muneeza Shamsie (mother of Kamila Shamsie), Stefan Weidner - a German critic - and Alok Bhalla, whom I just love, I could listen to him forever. Hanif seems a bit grumpy, but he's always interesting and I like his comment, around 10 mins in, that 'a book, in a sense is a collection of instructions for an experience that takes place in your head'. I like the slightly dishevelled feel to the event, and the panel being brought tea; people in the audience seem to wander in and out, I have watched other sessions, unlike the buttoned-up literary events we have here, where sometimes you are scared to breathe. I got such a pang to go to Karachi watching this, I have family there, but I can't have the vaccinations, it could make my ME worse, and I simply could not take that risk (and I couldn't risk not having them). And there are obviously other factors too, it is hardly the safest place, at the moment. I love this recent essay by Mohammed Hanif on living in Karachi. And this is a lively blog review of other events at the 2012 KLF. Over the weekend, I finished reading In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin, the final story in the collection, 'A Spoiled Man', is one of the saddest stories I have ever read.