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 talk in 2012, mostly in connection with a new book, The Man Within My Head, here are a few dates and places to try:

May 7 Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture, Brown University, 6:00p.m.

Providence. Rhode Island

May 14 Conversation with Dr. James Doty, Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University, 4:00p.m.

Palo Alto, California

May 16 Geographic Expeditions 30th Anniversary conversation with Don George, Lobero Theater, 7:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara, California

May 17 Live Talks L.A. conversation with Lisa Napoli, Fowler Museum, 7:30p.m.

Los Angeles, California

May 21 1st annual H. Peter Stern lecture, World Monuments Fund, 6:30p.m.

New York, New York

June 13-15 Idea City

Toronto, Ontario

August 31 – September 2 Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne, Australia

September 13 Conversation with Taryn Simon, Getty Center

Los Angeles, California

September 22 Conversation with Salman Rushdie (by invitation only)

Santa Barbara, California

November 10 Singapore Writers Festival


January 10-13, 2013 Key West Literary Seminar

Key West, Florida

January 24-28 Jaipur Writers’ Festival

Jaipur, India

March 22-23 Families in Global Transition annual conference

Silver Spring, Maryland

April 2 Carnegie Mellon University,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 8-13 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

April 11 Conversation with Amy Wilentz on Creative Non-Fiction

University of California, Irvine, California

April 15-19 Golo Mann Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Claremont College, Claremony, California

April 20-21 Los Angeles Festival of Books,

Los Angeles, California

January 2015 KeyWest Literary Seminar: “Literature and the Spirit”

Key West, Florida

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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