Interview on Nightwatch about Octavio Paz winning the Nobel Prize 1990

May I toot my own horn? Thanks to Valerie, I now have an interview on YouTube.
It was done in 1990, on the occasion of the Nobel prize in literature to Mexican writer Octavio Paz.  Here it goes:

Night Watch Interview 1990

Interview on Nightwatch about Octavio Paz winning the Nobel Prize 1990
Background information: I was at the university that day, as usual, and they called me from the TV station to ask if I could go there right away for an interview regarding Octavio Paz. I went “as I was” – no different clothes, and no makeup. They looked at me and said I didn’t need it…  That’s why I look the way I do!
I was not prepared at all, but I guess it doesn’t show -fortunately! Why now, some ask. Because Valerie is transferring my VHS tapes to DVD. This is the only reason we could upload it to YouTube! But she didn’t get rid of the ads!

About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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3 Responses to Interview on Nightwatch about Octavio Paz winning the Nobel Prize 1990

  1. Pat Sachs says:

    Wonderful, Martha!


  2. Rei Berroa says:

    Excellent interview, Martha. I like the way you weave your answers to make them much larger than the questions posed by Dave, whom I met many years ago when Juan Manuel Marcos came to the area (he was campaigning for the presidency of Paraguay, which he lost by just a few votes) and Dave invited us to eat at Dominique with Caroline Kennedy. Dave was always interested in issues that dealt with Latin America. Thank you for sharing this.


    • martisima says:

      Thanks, Rei! Actually, what I remember about Juan Manuel was that in 1975 there was talk of a vote of censure at the MLA for something fishy he had done with his journal, Discurso Literario. Maybe in Paraguay they didn’t know about this, or maybe they chose not to know. But I remember he was running for the Senate, not for the presidency – too big for him, really!!! There is no mention of it in his biography. He has become extremely fat, too! 😉

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