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!

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.

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

March 28 Lecture, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Richmond, Virginia
April 4 Glen and Julie Flynn Lecture, Brown University Providence, Rhode Island
April 17 Public Interview by Kurt Andersen, Live at the NYPL New York, New York
April 18 Reading, University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa
April 24 Reading, Labyrinth Books Princeton, New Jersey
May 3 Reading, Books & Books Coral Gables, Florida
May 5 Talk Toronto, Canada
May 8 Reading with Peter Hessler, 92nd Street Y New York New York
May 9 Reading, Brookline Booksmith Brookline, Massachusetts
May 14 Reading, Diesel Books Brentwood, California
May 16 Conversation with Andrew Solomon, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
May 17 Reading, Kepler’s Books Palo Alto, California
May 18 Reading, San Francisco Zen City Center San Francisco, California
May 19 Public inerview by Jenara Nerenberg, International House Berkeley, California
May 20 Public interview by Don George, Book Passage Corte Madera, California
May 21 Reading, Powell’s Books Portland, Oregon
May 23 Public interview by Diane Durston, Japanese Garden Portland, Oregon
May 25 Reading, Seattle Art Museum Seattle, Washington
May 29 Reading, Vroman’s Books Pasadena, California
June 14-15 Conversations, Jaipur Festival at the British Museum London, England
June 17 Presentation, 5 X 15 London, England
June 19 Conversation, John Gordon “How to” series London, England
June 21-23 Conversations, Jaipur Festival in Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland
June 30 Reading, Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara, California
July 5-7 Conversations, Indian Summer Fest Vancouver, Canada
July 6 Lecture and workshop for Hollyhock Vancouver, Canada
July 21-25 TED Summit Edinburgh, Scotland
August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival Telluride, Colorado
September 11-21 2019 Berlin Literature Festival Berlin, Germany
October 10 Public interview by Dan Stone, City Arts and Lectures San Francisco, California
October 12 Conversation, Southern Festival of Books Nashville, Tennessee
October 16 Reading, Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas
October 19 Reading, Politics & Prose Washington. D.C.
November 9-10 Singapore Writers’ Festival Singapore
June 4-8 Workshop with Abbess Furyu Schroeder, Tassajara Carmel, California

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“A Land Apart”—a short essay on why Japan is the Destination of 2019, in Travel & Leisure, December 2018.

“Home, Sweet, Temporary Home”—an essay on Tenzing Dakpa’s series of photographs, “The Hotel,” for Aperture magazine, Winter 2018.

“The Reel World”—a short essay on seeing movies around the world for Airbnb Magazine, January 2019.

“In the Realm of the Gods”—an essay on traveling around Greece for the New York Times T Magazine, April 2019

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

October 16 Keynote, Inspirato Mid-Atlantic Member Summit

Washington D.C.

October 23 Conversation with Joan Halifax, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

January 6-18 2019 Silversea World Cruise

San Francisco, California—Papeete

January 22 Conversation with B.J. Miller, City Arts and Lectures

San Francisco, California

January 28 Conversation with George Saunders, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

January 30-Feb. 1 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

February 19 Moderator, panel on Zen and Japanese internment

New York City, New York

March 14 Conversation with Susan Orlean, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

March 28 Lecture, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Richmond, Virginia

April 18 Reading and book-launch, University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

April 20 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles, California

May Reading with Michael Ondaatje, 92nd Street Y

New York New York

May 16 Conversation with Andrew Solomon, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

July 21-25 TED Summit

Edinburgh, Scotland

August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

September 2019 Berlin Literature Festival

Berlin, Germany

October 11-13 Southern Festival of Books

Nashville, Tennessee

November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival

Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“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.

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

California

April 5 Conversation with Maria Popova, UCSB Arts & Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

April 6 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, City Arts & Lectures

San Francisco, California

April 10-14 TED Conference (2 workshops on Travel as Transport)

Vancouver, British Columbia

April 16-20 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

April 16 Talk on Stillness, Center 1888

Orange, California

April 24 Conversation with Don George, Carmel Public Library

Carmel, California

April 29 Keynote and conversation, Bay Area Book Festival

Berkeley, California

May 3 Conversation with Anthony Doerr, UCSB Arts-Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

May 5 Stillness Lecture/Workshop for Hollyhock Retreat

Vancouver, British Columbia

May 13 Chartered Financial Analyst Annual Conference

Hong Kong

May 25-27 Mountainfilm Festival

Telluride, Colorado

June 17 Ross Macdonald Award, SB Writers Conference

Santa Barbara, California

June 22 Keynote Talk, Mile-Hi Church

Denver, Colorado

June 30 Musical/Literary event with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio

Henry Miller Library, Big Sur,

July 6-10 Workshop on Writing and Zen with Fu Schroeder

Tassajara, California

July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen

Big Sur, California

August 31-September 2 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

January 6-18 2019 Two talks, Silversea World Cruise

San Francisco, California-Papeete

January 30-Feb. 1, 2019 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

September 2019 Berlin Literature Festival

Berlin, Germany

October 11-13 Southern Festival of Books

Nashville, Tennessee

November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival

Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“Troubled Waters”-a review of Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts of the Tsunami, for the New York Times Book Review, December 31, 2017.

“The River”-a short essay on the meaning of change, for the great young British magazine Satori, December 2017

“Why I’m an Optimist”-an essay for Elle India, January 2018.

“Damaraland, Namibia-Where `Each Day Lasts 100 Hours’ “-The Observer, January 20, 2018

“The Kiss”-a short piece about Damascus in the anthology, The Kiss, published by W.W. Norton February 14, 2018.

“The Hero: Depths and Surfaces”-an essay on Satyajit Ray’s film Nayak, written for the Criterion Collection DVD released on February 20, 2018, and appearing (in very different form) in NYR Daily, the blog of The New York Review of Books, as “Satyajit Ray’s Hero Revisited” on February 27, 2018

“Under Mongolian Skies”-an essay on Mongolia, for WSJ, the magazine of the Wall Street Journal, March 2018.

“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

http://lithub.com/pico-iyer-sits-in-silence-for-5-hours-every-morning/

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

http://ow.ly/iwSO30dCsiR

http://pic.twitter.com/8CGAGXBHxD

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.

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

October 10 Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit

Palo Alto, California

November 29 Conversation with Zadie Smith, UCSB Arts & Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

January 11 Conversation with BJ Miller, UCSB Arts & Lecture

Santa Barbara, California

January 24-29 Jaipur Literary Festival

Jaipur, India

April 5 Conversation with Maria Popova, UCSB Arts & Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

April 16-20 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

April 21, 22 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles, California

May 3 Conversation with Anthony Doerr, UCSB Arts-Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

May 5 Stillness Lecture/Workshop for Hollyhock Retreat

Vancouver, British Columbia

June 22 Talk, Mile-Hi Church

Denver, Colorado

July 6-10 Workshop on Writing and Zen with Fu Schroeder

Tassajara, California

July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen

Big Sur, California

January 2019 Silversea World Cruise
November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival

Singapore

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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