Suhayl Saadi describes his talk on Monday, October 13, 2008; 8:15 p.m. (Media and Public Affairs Building. Room B07, 801 21st NW at H St NW, Washington, D.C. ) thus:
A partial understanding of the interweaving ontologies of language, memory, time and place forms the basis of any creative literary endeavour. Mapping this process as a practitioner is a complex, perhaps impossible, task, but attempting to do so can lead one down intriguing and unpredictable byways as one begins to reveal to oneself the possible rubrics of truth. Even when composed in a ‘single’ language, texts are as unstable as radioisotopes, and if an attempt is made to destabilise them even further through the use of mischievous linguistic polyvalency, as writers and readers, both, we begin to engage in an etymological spider-dance, the wailing, street-corner rendition of history’s mind, otherwise known, euphemistically, as everyday life.