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!

“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.

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

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