I’m more than a little surprised to find myself in this box: my idea of NEWS is something that happened in 1848, and I think there are better things to advertise and take notice of than my tiny doings or scribbles.

But now that DDB Singapore has brought me into the 20th century – with every sign of coaxing me into the 21st – I’m happy to welcome anyone who’s interested to this space, where we may now and then post something that’s not easily found elsewhere, a video clip from our recent journeys or something that might be of interest to anyone who’s traveled as far as this unexpected corner.

Thank you for your time and attention, and if you’re irritated by something here, please blame the brilliant designers of these pages. Without them, I’d still be in some black hole!

“On Travel-Writing”—an interview with Rick Steves, broadcast on public radio stations across the U.S. on November 7, 2021

“The Future of Hope”—a conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert broadcast for the “On Being” show and podcast on public radio stations across the U.S. on November 18, 2021

“Navigating the Poles”—an Opinion piece on traveling between Japan and the U.S. during the pandemic, The Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2021

“The Magic of Jan Morris”–a review of the classic historian-traveler’s final book, Allegorizings, for Air-Mail, December 18, 2021.

“Travel after COVID Lockdowns: In Search of Wonder”–a short essay on The Year in Travel for the Wall Street Journal’s Year in Review section, December 10, 2021

“Postcard from Kyoto”—a brief essay on the holiday season during COVID-19 in Japan for the Sunday Times (London), December 26, 2021

“The Good Earth”—a long essay on travel in the age of Apocalypse, for Outlook India, January 7, 2022.

“How To Take a Life-Changing Trip”—a year-long class in seven modules for TED, throughout 2022

A talk with Hindu nun Pravrajika Vrajaprana for the public-radio program, “Life Examined,” broadcast on January 15, 2022.

“Sane, Economy Class Asian-Americans”—a review of the book Joan is Okay, by Weike Wang, for Air-Mail, January 22, 2021.

“Alone in Kyoto”—an essay on the joy of being in an ancient capital with no international visitors—Financial Times, February 5, 2022

“Half a Century of Travel”–a long essay on how the traveling world has changed since 1974, for The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2022.

“To my Lost Trishaw Driver”—A letter to a kind and touching soul briefly met in Burma in the collection Letters to a Stranger, edited by Colleen Kinder (Algonquin Books), March 2022.

“My Flights from the Real”—a short essay on my near-fatal love of illusion, for Lion’s Roar, April/May 2022.

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

March 2 Conversation with Erik Larson, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
March 3Universal-McCann Client Summit
Ojai, California
March 9-16Silversea World Cruise 2022
Zanzibar-Mahe
April 23 Conversation with Krista Tippett, SF City Arts
San Francisco, California
April 29Keynote lecture, Travel Con
Memphis, Tennessee
May 11Workshop on stillness (virtual)
Six Senses Resorts
May 13 Conversation with Elizabeth Strout, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
June 5-9Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara
Carmel, California
June 7Keynote, IBM Spark Design Festival (online)
June 25-28Onstage conversation, Aspen Ideas Festival
Aspen, Colorado
October 2-9, 2022Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“A Scientist of Sorrow”–a review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun for Air-Mail, February 27, 2021

“All That We Can’t Leave Behind”—an essay on the photographs of Robert Voit, to accompany the exhibition “Aequilibrium” in Berlin, March, 2021.

An imaginative essay on “Why I Write” and a long interview on writing for the inaugural issue of Good River Review, April 2021

“Truth in Fiction”–an essay on the books that for me are the deepest spiritual texts, for Lion’s Roar, May 2021

A 25-minute talk with tennis legend and broadcaster Patrick McEnroe, for his podcast, “Holding Court”—June 4, 2021

“Age of Invention”—a brief profile of hotel-creating visionary Adrian Zecha in Travel + Leisure, July 2021

“The Joy Inside Sorrow”–an essay on Georg Frideric Handel for an anthology of pieces on music, Ways of Hearing (Princeton University Press), September 2021, excerpted in Lit Hub on September 29, 2021

“My Guidebook to Japan”—a long essay on Henry David Thoreau, for the anthology Now Comes Good Sailing (Princeton University Press), and excerpted in The American Scholar, October 2021.

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

October 14 Panel discussion on Thoreau (online)
Politics & Prose Bookstore
October 27Panel discussion on Thoreau (online)
Huntington Library
October 28Conversation with Vijay Gupta, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
November 25 Panel on Jan Morris (online)
Royal Society of Literature, London
March 2, 2022Conversation with Erik Larson, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
March 11-16Silversea World Cruise 2022
Zanzibar-Mahe
April 10-14 TED Annual Conference
Vancouver, Canada
April 23Conversation with Krista Tippett, SF City Arts
San Francisco, California
April 29Keynote lecture, Travel Con
Memphis, Tennessee
May 11Workshop on stillness (virtual)
Six Senses Resorts
May 13Conversation with Elizabeth Strout, UCSB
Santa Barbara, California
June 5-9Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara
Carmel, California
October 2-9, 2022Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

February 16, 17, 18, 2021 Two lectures and a conversation (online)
Santa Fe Workshops
March 6  A class on creativity (with Michael Shapiro), online Book Passage/Extended Sessions
March 14  An interview with Kazuo Ishiguro
Book Passage/Extended Sessions
March 27 A class on The Art of Stillness, online
Book Passage/Extended Sessions
April 16 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, online
UCSB Arts & Lectures
May 6      A conversation on Japan, online
British Library, London, England
May       Conversation with Mira Nair, online
UCSB Arts & Lectures
June  Conversation with Peter Grilli on Japan, online
Japan Society of Boston
August 18  Talk, Hospice of Santa Barbara, online
September 20-23   Lecture, Adventure Travel Summit
Sapporo, Japan
Mar. 25-30 2022 Silversea World Cruise 2022, Zanzibar-Mahe
April 29, 2022    Keynote lecture, Travel Con, Memphis, Tennessee
October 2-9, 2022  Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.                    

 “Chi ha dimenticato vuole transcinarci in un mondo di muri”–An interview with La Repubblica on the 75th anniversary of the dropping of a bomb on Hiroshima—August 6, 2020

“The Best Reason to Go to College”—an Op-Ed on the beginning of the new school year, for The New York Times, September 7, 2020

“The Power of the Everyday”–an introduction to In Search of Elsewhere, a fresh collection of works by the photographer Steve McCurry, September 2020.

“The Best Conversations of my Life”–a long essay on the sharing and receiving of books, in the anthology, The Gifts of Reading, September 2020 (excerpted in The Australian).

“A City Built on Books”–a long essay on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, for The Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2020

“Making a Life, Not Just a Living:–an Op-Ed for The Times of India on the coronavirus season, October 16, 2020

“The Playboy Philosopher”–a review of Matthew McConaughey’s memoir, Greenlights, in Air Mail, October 24, 2020

“Spirituality, Wisdom and What Sustains us”—an interview with Patheos, October 29, 2020.

“Empathy”—a discussion on an essential virtue with Pravrika Vrajaprana, Vedanta nun, on “Life Examined” on KCRW-FM radio, October 31, 2020.

“The Holding Pattern”—an essay on being a traveler in a world without travel, Conde Nast Traveler, November 2020

“Solitude”—a brief, musical essay for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and its current season of virtual concerts, SOUND/STAGE, November 6, 2020

“All I have is this moment right now, and I need to do deepest justice to it”—the first part of a long interview with The Times of India, run on the Op-Ed page, November 9, 2020

“In Praise of Jan Morris”—a short essay remembering a mighty writer, The Guardian, November 23, 2020

 “From Babbling to Listening”—an interview for the Op-Ed page of The Times of India, December 12, 2020

A tiny piece on Antarctica, for the annual collection of Travel Writers’ Discoveries of the year—Financial Times, December 12, 2020

“Absent Foreigners, Kyoto Carries On”—a short piece on Kyoto in November, mid-pandemic, for The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2020.

“Still Life”—a short essay on traveling around my neighborhood, for Kyoto Journal, Issue 99, December 2020.

“Sacred Place”—an essay on the work of photographer Balarama Heller, in Aperture, Winter 2020.

A remembrance of writer and friend Barry Lopez, Orion, January 11, 2021.

‘The Wonders Close to Home”–a long essay on the joys of traveling close to home, for Westways, January 2020.

“Kyoto”–a love-letter to Japan’s ancient capital, for Vanity Fair (U.K.) March 2021.

“Beneath Us, Beyond Us, Inside Us”—a long introductory essay to the book Masks, by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier, October 2019

“The Shock of the Old”—an essay on the Naoshima project for the Benesse Art Site Naoshima newsletter, October 2019

“Relative Values”–an essay on Japan and its different relation to reality, for the Times Literary Supplement, November 22, 2019.

“The Newest New, The Oldest Old”—an essay on Koyasan and Koshien, Silver Kris, December 2019

“The Calm Before the Storm”—a letter from Hong Kong in Air Mail, December 7, 2019

“It’s Almost 2020. Have We Really Gotten Wiser?”—an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, December 23, 2019

“The Dead Prime Ministers’ Society”—an essay on Eton in Air Mail, January 4, 2020

“How to be Cool and Warm At Once”—a tribute to the late Sonny Mehta, for Air Mail January 11, 2020

“The Light All Around Us”–a short essay on the photographic work of Robert Adams—Aperture, February 2020

An interview on the Virus moment for the Sunday Times of India, April 5, 2020– Read here

An interview with Mint, April 15, 2020– Read here

“Joyful participation in a world of sorrow”–A conversation with Cheryl Strayed for the Sugar Calling podcast hosted by The New York Times, April 15, 2020

“Contemplation in isolation”—A conversation with Jonathan Bastian on the pilot episode of “Foxhole” on KCRW radio station, April 25, 2020

“On Returning”–An essay on how and why travel is more important than ever, in Conde Nast Traveler, May/June 2020

“How a stopover at Tokyo Airport changed my life:”—an essay for The Guardian, May 16, 2020

“We cannot function without travel—an Op-Ed for the Globe & Mail, May 30, 2020

“Pico Iyer on the secret of immersive travel”—an essay for BBC.com, June 12, 2020

“The Origin of Paradise”—an essay on Iran for Bloomberg Business Week, June 29, 2020

For an unusually rich, searching and fresh interview, please read “A Friend Afar,” by the exceptional Austrian writer and journalist, Simon Schreyer: – Read here

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

October 12Conversation(online) with Barbara Kingsolver, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
December 3Conversation(online) with Cheryl Strayed, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
April 4-9, 2021TED Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia
April 12Conversation with Parul Sehgal, Greg Cowles, Chapman U. Orange, California
April 14Lecture, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California
April 16Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
April 18Keynote lecture, Travel Con, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 19-25Two lectures, Festival of Faiths, Louisville, Kentucky
May 13Conversation with Elizabeth Strout, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
June 3-7Workshop with Abbess Furyu Schroeder, Tassajara Carmel, California
July 5-9Writing Workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 20-23Lecture, Adventure Travel Summit, Sapporo, Japan
Mar 25-30, 2022Silversea World Cruise 2022, Jiddah, South Africa – Petra, Jordan
October 2-9, 2022Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

October 3 Conversation with Philip Glass, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
October 6 Public interview, Live Talks L.A., Santa Monica, California
October 7 Reading, Laguna Beach Books, Orange County, California
October 9 Reading, Book Passage, Corte Madera, California
October 10 Public interview by Dan Stone, City Arts and Lectures, San Francisco, California
October 12 Public interview, Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Tennessee
October 14 Conversation, Asia Society, New York, New York
October 15 Conversation, McNally-Jackson Books, New York, New York
October 16 Reading, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
October 17 Reading, Japan Society Boston/Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, Massachusetts
October 19 Reading, Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.
November 2-3 Singapore Writers’ Festival, Singapore
November 7-10 Hong Kong Literature Festival, Hong Kong
December 13-15 Times Lit Fest, Mumbai, India
January 9, 2020 Conversation with Elaine Pagels, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
February 26 Public interview, Point Loma Nazarene U., San Diego, California
April 13-14 Talk, Chapman University, Orange, California
April 17 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
April, 2020 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, California
May 12 Conversation with Elizabeth Strout, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
May 18 Conversation with Krista Tippett, City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco, California
June 4-8 Workshop with Abbess Furyu Schroeder, Tassajara, Carmel, California
August, 2020 Mountain Echoes Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan
September Reading/Lecture, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
October 3-10 Montgomery Fellow Lecture, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
November, 2020 Jaipur Literary Festival in Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“Japan still inhabits its own ancestral universe”–An essay on Japan for TIME magazine, April 22, 2019

“With New Emperor, Japan Enters the Era of `Joyful Harmony’ “—An Op-Ed on the ascent of a new Emperor in Japan, World Post, Berggruen Institute—April 26, 2019

“The beautiful art-filled Japanese islands left behind by the modern world”—An essay on Naoshima and Teshima for the Daily Telegraph, April 28, 2019

“Does California’s commitment to happiness end up leaving us bereft”—An Op-Ed piece on California and Japan for the Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2019

“The Best of Who We Are”–A long essay on the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 84th birthday for Lion’s Roar, July 2019

Introduction to “Pyongyang: Model City”—The preface to a book about the architecture of North Korea’s showpiece capital, published by Thames & Hudson in London, July 2019

This Could be Home—a short book-length essay on Raffles Hotel and Singapore for Epigram Books in Singapore and London, July 2019. Excerpted in Air-Mail, August 3, 2019.

“What Ping-Pong taught me about life”—the opening talk at the second TED Summit, on July 21, 2019, in Edinburgh, posted on TED.com on August 23, 2019.

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations: a new book from Alfred A. Knopf in New York and Toronto, Bloomsbury in London and Penguin India in New Delhi, September 2019

“How To Travel”—a short film made for CNN’s Great Big Story series, airing on September 15, 2019.

Inventory—an interview with the Financial Times magazine, September 6, 2019

“The Beauty of the Ordinary”—an Op-Ed essay in The New York Times on the coming of autumn, September 22, 2019

“Rituals of the Fast-Moving World”—a long essay on rituals in the age of cross-planetary movement, for En Route, October 2019

“Archaeology of the Future”–an essay on Hiroshi Sugimoto for the White Light Festival in New York, October 2019

“Stillness”—a long interview in the magazine Shawati, October 2019.

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