About Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer JourneysAbout Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England in 1957, to parents from India, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. Since 1986 he has been writing books and since 1992 he has been based in rural Japan with his longtime sweetheart, while spending part of each year in a Benedictine hermitage in California.

All the photos on this site, other than the portraits on the Welcome page and above, are taken by Pico Iyer. In many of these journeys, we've put a picture of Bali next to a mention of L.A., and a photo of an old friend next to a mention of Somerset Maugham. That's not a mistake. In our fluid new century, many places are parts of other places, and all of us are a part of others. Ultimately, Inner World and Outer World may not be so different, either.

If you want to find original, non-syndicated Pico Iyer articles, some of the places where they appear regularly or have appeared in the past include:
Click on each category to view more »
01
United States
  • Time
  • National Geographic
  • Harper's
  • The New York Review of Books
  • Smithsonian
  • Vanity Fair
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • Vogue
  • New York Times (magazine, Op-Ed, Book Review, Travel)
  • Los Angeles Times (magazine, Op-Ed, Book Review, Travel)
  • Washington Post (Opinion, Book World, Travel)
  • Wall Street Journal (Arts pages and magazine)
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The New York Daily News
  • Business Week
  • GQ
  • Bon Appetit
  • Men's Journal
  • Outside
  • Go
  • House and Garden
  • Town and Country Travel
  • Airbnb
  • World Post
  • Readers Digest
  • The New Republic
  • The Nation
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Civilization
  • Architecture
  • CNN
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Departures
  • Saturday Review
  • Aperture
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Real Simple
  • Forbes ASAP
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Oxford American
  • Colors
  • Black Book
  • Utne Reader
  • The Optimist
  • Buzz
  • New Perspectives Quarterly
  • Johns Hopkins Public Health
  • Lapham's Quarterly
  • American Prospect
  • AARP
  • Wired
  • Yahoo Internet Life
  • Yahoo Travel
  • Travel Weekly
  • The Believer
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Broad Museum Debut Catalogue
  • Amazon Shorts
  • Ritz-Carlton Magazine
  • Coast (the Orange County Register magazine)
  • St, Moritz
  • Fairmont Magazine
  • Raffles Magazine
  • Virtuoso Life
  • Indagare
  • Orion
  • Salon
  • Daily Beast/Newsweek
  • World Hum
  • Gadling
  • The Smart Set
  • Maptia
  • Wanderlust
  • Recce
  • Ultima Thule
  • Airbnbmag
  • AOL Travel
  • Lit Hub
  • Sweet
  • Village Voice
  • Tricycle
  • Mindful
  • Spy
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Soma
  • Second Act
  • Backpacking
  • Off Assignment
  • Yoga and Life
  • The Movies
  • Films in Focus
  • Self
  • Six
  • Paper Cuts (NY Times blog)
  • Reimagine
  • Guernica
  • Islands
  • Via
  • Distinction
  • Persimmon
  • Appellation
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • Westways
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Fean
  • Portland
  • Chapman News
  • New York
  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • Iowa Review
  • Partisan Review
  • American Scholar
  • Asian American Literary Review
  • Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Radio Silence
  • P.E.N. America magazine
  • Anastomas
02
United Kingdom
  • Granta
  • The Times
  • The Financial Times
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • The Observer
  • The Sunday Telegraph
  • The Sunday Times
  • The Mail on Sunday
  • The Times Literary Supplement
  • The Times Higher Education Supplement
  • The Spectator
  • Prospect
  • Standpoint
  • The Literary Review
  • The London Magazine
  • BBC Travel
  • Satori
  • Faune
  • Commonwealth Writers.com
  • Icarus
  • Isis
  • The Yoke
  • Boat
  • Icarus
  • AskMen.com
  • Conde Nast Traveller
  • Resurgence
03
Europe
  • Internazionale
  • International Herald Tribune
  • L'Espresso
  • The Focus (Switzerland)
  • Conde Nast Traveller Italia
  • Ode
  • Focus
  • Copy
  • Lettre International
  • Lettre (Romania)
  • Lettre (Denmark)Lettera Internazionale
  • Trans-Europenne
  • Madame Figaro
  • Geo
  • Merian
  • Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Du
  • Berliner Zeitung
  • German GQ
  • Kultur Auschausch
  • Traveler Spain
  • Granta Portgual
  • Holland Herald
  • Open Skies (Dubai)
  • Conde Nast Traveller Hellas
  • Respekta
  • Cairo Review of Global Affairs
  • Vogue Turkey
  • 212
04
Canada
  • Toronto Globe and Mail
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Brick
  • The Walrus
  • Adbusters
  • Shambhala Sun
  • Lion’s Roar
  • Mindful
  • Saturday Night
  • Nuance
  • Ascent
  • En Route
05
India
  • India Today
  • Outlook
  • Vogue India
  • Elle India
  • Conde Nast Traveller India
  • The Statesman
  • The Times of India
  • First City
  • Tehelka
  • India Today Travel
  • Oberoi Magazine
  • Outlook Traveller
  • Mint
  • The Punch
  • Life/Positive
06
Asia
  • Kyoto Journal
  • Granta (Japan)
  • Kansai Time Out
  • Japan Times
  • Kyoto Univeristy Gangsters magazine
  • Far Eastern Economic Review
  • Cairo Review
  • Asian Literary Review
  • Asian Review of Books
  • Discovery
  • Dim Sum
  • Wissen (China)
  • DestinAsian
  • Straits Times
  • Self China
  • Common Wealth Parenting
  • Travel and Leisure Southeast Asia
  • Silver Kris
07
Oceania
  • The Australian
  • The Age
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Sport
  • Australia Style
  • Australia Gourmet Traveller
  • The Monthly
08
Latin America
  • El Malpensante
  • Letras Libres
  • Indigo
  • Glamour Mexico
09
Australia/New Zealand
  • Sport
  • Australia Style
  • The Age
  • Australia Gourmet Traveller
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Monthly
  • Tropicsurf
10
South America
  • El Malpensante
  • Letras Libres
  • Indigo
  • Glamour Mexico
  • Sietes Tigres
11
Africa
  • High Life (SA)
12
Middle East
  • Conde Nast Traveller Middle East
  • Internazionale
  • International Herald Tribune
  • L'Espresso
  • Somerset Maugham, The Skeptical Romancer (editor/writer of introduction)
  • Graham Greene, The Complete Stories
  • Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
  • Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
  • Natsume Soseki, The Gate
  • Christopher Isherwood, The Condor and the Crows
  • R.K. Narayan, A Tiger for Malgudi and The Man-Eater of Malgudi
  • R.K. Narayan, The Guide
  • R.K. Narayan, The Vendor of Sweets
  • R.K. Narayan, Waiting for the Mahatma
  • Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  • Donald Richie, The Inland Sea
  • Frederick Prokosh, The Asiatics
  • Huston Smith, Tales of Wonder
  • Nicolas Rothwell, Wings of the Kite-Hawk
  • Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare
  • Lawrence Weschler, A Wanderer in the Perfect City
  • Ronald Wright, Time Among the Maya
  • Brother Paul Quenon, In Praise of the Useless Life
  • Gopi Kallayil, The Internet to the Inner-Net
  • Donald George, The Way of Wanderlust
  • Harry Hervey, Congai
  • Harry Hervey, King Cobra
  • J.D. Brown, The Sudden Disappearance of Japan
  • Arthur Braverman, Warrior of Zen
  • Paul Relis, Out of the Wasteland
  • Kathryn Fallon, Zen and the Rescue Dog
  • Natsuki Izekawa, Mariko/Mariquita
  • Disappearing Destinations
  • The Curious Atlas of Improbable Nations
  • My California
  • Wanderlust: The Salon Book of Travel
  • Traveling Souls: Contemporary Pilgrimage Stories
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2004
  • The Best Spiritual Writing 2010
  • The Best Travel Writing 2011
  • 100 Journeys of the Spirit
  • Remote
  • Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Fiction from Japan
  • The Bollingen Journey (photographs by Isamu Noguchi)
  • Illumination (photographs by Lynn Davis)
  • Violet Isle (photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb)
  • Displaced (photographs by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and others)
  • Horizons (photographs by Sze Tsung Leong)
  • Passage to Vietnam (photographs by Rick Smolan and others)
  • Mongolia (photographs by Frederic Lagrange)
  • Cuba Hasta Siempre (photographs by Magdalena Sole)
  • The Book of Santa Barbara (photographs by Macduff Everton)
  • Ping Pong (with Geoff Dyer, photographs by Alec Soth)
  • Masks (photographs by Chris Ranier)
  • Face to Face (photographs by Alison Wright)
  • Bhutan (photographs by Basil Pao)
  • The Crossing, The Crossing (photographs by Marissa Roth)
  • Model City : Pyongyang, by Cristiano Bianci and Kristina Drapic with Koryo Studio
  • Perspectives (photographs by David Burdeny)
  • Living Faith (photographs by Dinesh Khanna)
  • Japan: A Reverence for Beauty (photographs by Gil Garcetti)
  • Home in the City (photographs by Sooni Taraporevala)
  • Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So (photographs by Lorne Resnick).
  • Himalayan Odyssey (photographs by David Samuel Robbins)
  • Republic of Humanity (photographs by David Taggart)
  • The Book (photographs by Julius Friedman)
  • Out the Window (LAX), (photographs by Zoe Crosher)
  • World Heritage Japan (photographs by John Lander)
  • Cuba: Singing with Bright Tears (photographs by Virginia C. Beahan)
  • Within Without (photographs by Briana Blasko)
  • Mono No Aware (photographs by Brett Boardman)
  • Buddha: The Living Way (photographs by deForest W. Trimingham)
  • Lost Worlds (photographs by Arthur Rooker)
  • The Deepak Puri Collection (Photographs by James Nachtwey, Sebastiao Salgado, Raghu Rai, John Stanmeyer and many others).
  • Tibet (photographs by Estelle Kermer)
  • The Essential Leonard Cohen
  • Leonard Cohen 2008-2010 program
  • The Leonard Cohen Complete Collection
  • Awakening Beyond
  • I'm Your Man (reissued)
  • Various Positions (reissued)
  • New Skin for the Old Ceremony (reissued)
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Ikiru
  • Nayak (The Hero)

In recent years, Pico Iyer has spoken at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, West Point, Stanford, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, the University of Toronto and many other institutions of higher learning, and has addressed groups such as TEDGlobal, the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Association of American Museums, Dance/USA, the World Monuments Fund, Families in Global Transition and the American Society of Travel Planners.

He has appeared regularly at the New York Public Library, the 92nd Street Y, the Los Angeles Central Library, the Asia Society (in many of its centers), the Los Angeles County Museum, the National Geographic Society, Harbourfront in Toronto and many others.

He also has appeared at festivals in Bogota, Jamaica, Edinburgh, Ireland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macao, Singapore, Jaipur, Sri Lanka, Bali, New Zealand, Calcutta, Tokyo and across the United States, Australia and Canada; and he has conducted onstage interviews with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, President Mary Robinson of Ireland, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan, Robert Thurman, Matthieu Ricard, Stephen Mitchell, Mark Salzman, Meredith Monk, Colin Thubron and innumerable others.

VARIOUS IYER BOOKS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FOR TRANSLATION INTO:

French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Polish, Greek, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovakian, Croatian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Russian, Turkish, Romanian, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

Articles have appeared in Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Flemish and many more.

In recent years, Pico Iyer has spoken at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, West Point, Stanford, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, the University of Toronto and many, many other institutions of higher learning, and has addressed such groups as The World Economic Forum in Davos, The World Government Summit, The Association of American Museums,, Dance/USA, the World Monuments Fund, SAP Labs, Coca-Cola, Google, Citigroup, Fox Television and Virtuoso, as well as giving three talks for TED (one of them to close the TED Summit in 2016) and telling a story for The Moth.

He has appeared regularly at the New York Public Library, the 92nd Street Y, the Los Angeles Central Library, the Asia Society (in many of its centers), the Los Angeles County Museum, the Guggenheim, the National Geographic Society, the Rubin Museum and many others.

He has also appeared at literary festivals in Bogota, Jamaica, Edinburgh, Ireland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macao, Singapore, Jaipur, Sri Lanka, Bali, New Zealand, and across the United States, Australia and Canada; and he has conducted onstage conversations with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, President Mary Robinson of Ireland, Martin Scorsese, Sebastiao Salgado, Werner Herzog, Salman Rushdie, Takashi Murakami, Krista Tippett, Matthieu Ricard, Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Anderson (head of TED), Meredith Monk, Zadie Smith, Evan Williams, Maria Popova and innumerable others.

If you want to learn more about his work and life, you can see the program-length features on him broadcast on PBS, CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Network and NHK World, among others.