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.

The items on this space represent only about 5% of Iyer pieces not yet collected in book form.If you're looking for other non-syndicated Iyer essays, some of the places where they appear regularly or have appeared in the past include:
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United States
  • Time
  • National Geographic
  • Harper's
  • The New York Review of Books
  • Smithsonian
  • Vanity Fair
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • 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
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Business Week
  • Readers Digest
  • The New Republic
  • The Nation
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Civilization
  • Architecture
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Departures
  • Saturday Review
  • GQ
  • Bon Appetit
  • Men's Journal
  • Outside
  • Go
  • House and Garden
  • Town and Country Travel
  • Real Simple
  • Forbes ASAP
  • The Oxford American
  • Colors
  • Black Book
  • Utne Reader
  • Buzz
  • New Perspectives Quarterly
  • Johns Hopkins Public Health
  • Lapham's Quarterly
  • American Prospect
  • AARP
  • Wired
  • Yahoo Internet Life
  • The Believer
  • Amazon Shorts
  • Ritz-Carlton Magazine
  • Fairmont Magazine
  • Indagare
  • Orion
  • Salon
  • Daily Beast/Newsweek
  • World Hum
  • Gadling
  • Village Voice
  • Tricycle
  • Mindful
  • Spy
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Soma
  • Second Act
  • Backpacking
  • Recce
  • Yoga and Life
  • The Movies
  • Films in Focus
  • Self
  • Six
  • Paper Cuts (NY Times blog)
  • Islands
  • Via
  • Distinction
  • Persimmon
  • Appellation
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Fean
  • Portland
  • New York
  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • Iowa Review
  • Partisan Review
  • American Scholar
  • Asian American Literary Review
  • Los Angeles Review of Books
  • P.E.N. America magazine
United Kingdom
  • Granta
  • The Times
  • The Financial Times
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • The Observer
  • The Sunday Telegraph
  • The Mail on Sunday
  • The Times Literary Supplement
  • The Times Higher Education Supplement
  • The Spectator
  • Prospect
  • Standpoint
  • The Literary Review
  • The London Magazine
  • Icarus
  • Isis
  • The Yoke
  • Boat
  • Conde Nast Traveller
  • Resurgence
  • Internazionale
  • International Herald Tribune
  • L'Espresso
  • Conde Nast Traveller Italia
  • Ode
  • Copy
  • Lettre International
  • Lettre (Romania)
  • Lettre (Denmark)Lettera Internazionale
  • Trans-Europenne
  • Madame Figaro
  • Geo
  • Merian
  • Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Du
  • Berliner Zeitung
  • German CQ
  • Kultur Auschausch
  • Traveler Spain
  • Holland Herald
  • Open Skies (Dubai)
  • Conde Nast Traveller Hellas
  • Respekta
  • Cairo Review
  • Toronto Globe and Mail
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Brick
  • The Walrus
  • Shambhala Sun
  • Adbusters
  • Mindful
  • Saturday Night
  • Nuance
  • Ascent
  • En Route
  • India Today
  • Outlook
  • Vogue India
  • Conde Nast Traveller India
  • The Statesman
  • The Times of India
  • First City
  • Tehelka
  • India Today Travel
  • Oberoi Magazine
  • Outlook Traveller
  • Mint
  • Life/Positive
  • Kyoto Journal
  • Kansai Time Out
  • Kyoto University Gangsters magazine
  • Far Eastern Economic Review
  • Cairo Review of Global Affairs
  • Asian Literary Review
  • Asian Review of Books
  • Discovery
  • Dim Sun
  • DestinAsian
  • Straits Times
  • Self China
  • Common Wealth Parenting
  • Travel and Leisure Southeast Asia
  • Silver Kris
  • The Australian
  • The Age
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Sport
  • Australia Style
  • Australia Gourmet Traveller
  • The Monthly
Latin America
  • El Malpensante
  • Letras Libres
  • Indigo
  • Glamour Mexico
Australia/New Zealand
  • Sport
  • Australia Style
  • The Age
  • Australia Gourmet Traveller
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Monthly
South America
  • El Malpensante
  • Letras Libres
  • Indigo
  • Glamour Mexico
  • 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 Cows
  • Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
  • 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
  • Lawrence Weschler, A Wanderer in the Perfect City
  • Frederick Prokosh, The Asiatics
  • Huston Smith, Tales of Wonder
  • Nicolas Rothwell, Wings of the Kite-Hawk
  • Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare
  • Bernard Diederich, Seeds of Fiction
  • J.D. Brown, The Sudden Disappearance of Japan
  • Arthur Braverman, Warrior of Zen
  • Disappearing Destinations
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Passage to Vietnam (photographs by Rick Smolan and others)
  • The Book of Santa Barbara (photographs by Macduff Everton)
  • Face to Face (photographs by Alison Wright)
  • Bhutan (photographs by Basil Pao)
  • Living Faith (photographs by Dinesh Khanna)
  • Himalayan Odyssey (photographs by David Samuel Robbins)
  • Buddha: The Living Way (photographs by deForest W. Trimingham)
  • Out the Window (LAX), (photographs by Zoe Crosher)
  • Cuba: Singing with Bright Tears (photographs by Virginia C. Beahan)
  • Lost Worlds (photographs by Arthur Rooker)
  • Tibet (photographs by Estelle Kermer)
  • The Essential Leonard Cohen
  • Leonard Cohen 2008-2010 program
  • The Leonard Cohen Complete Collection
  • I'm Your Man (reissued)
  • Various Positions (reissued)
  • New Skin for the Old Ceremony (reissued)

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.


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