“The Restless, Furious, Quietly Abiding Friend of us All”—an essay on my longtime, unmet friend, Thomas Merton, for the book, What I am Living For, a collection of essays on Merton.
“Japan’s Enchanted Islands”—an account of a trip around Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, for WSJ, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, May 5, 2018
“The Future of Travel,”–a short essay in a special anniversary issue on The Future, for The Walrus, June 2018.
“A Full Life in the Emptiness,”–an essay on a trip around Namibia for The Australian, June 16 2018
–“Past Perfect,” an essay on what makes Japan distinctive for Airbnbmag Summer 2018
An interview with Sam Benjamin at Esalen, July 20, 2018, to be found on the Voices of Esalen podcast– https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pico-iyer-on-esalen-big-sur-the-dalai-lama-and-global-soul/id1084621605?i=1000417047152&mt=2
“The Humanity We Can’t Relinquish”–an Opinion piece on what makes us human, for The New York Times, August 12, 2018.
“Why We Must See the World for Ourselves”–an Opinion piece on travel in the age of the Internet, for The Globe & Mail, August 12, 2018.