#037 Fiestas & Solitude With Octavio Paz and Daniel Campos

There is nothing so joyous as a Mexican fiesta, but there is also nothing so sorrowful. Life and death, joy and sorrow, music and mere noise are united.
— Octavio Paz

Are fiestas an answer to combating loneliness? In this episode you’ll learn what the poet and diplomat Octavio Paz can teach us about belonging and why philosophy professor Daniel Campos believes partaking in revelry is especially important for immigrant communities. #thehappierhour


By Octavio Paz:

Labyrinth of Solitude

The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz

Brooklyn-based band Yotoco  Cumbia brooklynense,” based on Daniel Campos’ book, Loving Immigrants in America.

In the first four verses, Sebastián sings:

Saliendo del laberinto

con una cumbia brooklynense.

Todo el mundo motivado

para bailarla de frente.


by Octavio Paz

If it is real the white 
light from this lamp, real 
the writing hand, are they 
real, the eyes looking at what I write? 

From one word to the other 
what I say vanishes. 
I know that I am alive 
between two parentheses.

What is something you want to commit doing more of, simply because you enjoy it, even if you are bad at it?


Dr. Daniel Campos teaches and writes philosophy as a middle path to explore his interests in mathematics, literature, and sport. These passions, along with his zest for traveling, listening to live music, swimming, snorkeling, and dancing, form the core of what he does in philosophy. An immigrant from Central America, he is a professor at Brooklyn College - CUNY and the author of Loving Immigrants in America (Lexington Books, 2017). You can read more of his writings on his philosophical blog: https://saunteringinamerica.blogspot.com/ and say hello on Twitter at @Daniel_G_Campos.