Pico Iyer Journeys

Some Recent Pieces of Iyer (September 2017)

“The Mysterious Man who Gave me Japan”—a short essay on a friend I met in Kyoto for the “Chance Encounter” section of BBC Travel—April 19, 2017

“Journey into Terror”—an essay on a trip to Yemen, for the debut issue of Anastomas, Chapman University’s interdisciplinary journal—April 2017

“Nymphets in the New Japan”—a long essay on the novels of Junichiro Tanizaki, New York Review of Books, June 8, 2017.

“As the Spirits Move You”—an essay on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage course in Japan and the holy shrines at Ise in Travel & Leisure, June 2017.

“Destination Nowhere”—a short essay on the beauty of missing one’s flight, in National Geographic Traveler, June/July 2017.

A chat on the phone with Paul Holdengraber, director of New York Public Library Live, on LitHub, posted July 13, 2017


A podcast with Christopher Lydon of Radio Open Source, celebrating Thoreau’s 200th birthday—posted July 16, 2017



An introduction to the record AWAKENING BEYOND, released in August 2017.

“Killers in Saffron Robes”—an essay on Barbet Schroeder’s new film The Venerable W. for Film Watch, the Telluride Film Festival paper, September 1, 2017.

“Why There’s More to Travel than your Instagram Feed”—A long answer to a short question—“How has travel changed in the past 30 years?”—posted on cntraveler.com, September 6, 2017.

“My Latest Passage to India”—an essay describing a virtual journey around India, accompanied by Ingrid Schaffner, Curator of Carnegie International 2018, and Doryun Chang, Chief Curator of the coming Hong Kong Museum M+, for the Carnegie International 2018 website, and the catalogue that appears next year, posted September 2017

“Out of the Cell”—an essay on the limits of the Mind, for granta.com, posted September 18, 2017.

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