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, here are a few dates and places to try:

April 3, 2014 Lecture on Home, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
April 12-13, 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, California
April 21-25, 2014 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University, Orange, California
May 15, 2014 Lecture University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California
May 30, 2014 Conversation with Takashi Murakami, Ace Theater, Los Angeles, California
January 2015 Key West Literary Seminar: "Literature and the Spirit" ,Key West, Florida

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“Hyderabad in Five Colors,” for the New York Review of Books blog, September 5, 2013

“The Value of Suffering,” an essay for The New York Times, September 8, 2013

“Why I Love the National Geographic”–The Guardian, December 8, 2013;

“Proust, The Accidental Buddhist”–New York Review of Books blog, December 24, 2013

“The City at the Center of the World,” a review of Russell Shorto’s Amsterdam–New York Times Book Review, December 29, 2013

A review of Hanif Kureishi’s novel about V.S. Naipaul, The Last Word–Prospect, February 2014

A piece on Leonard Cohen at the 92nd Street Y, New York, Valentine Day’s 1966—Harpers.com, February 2014.

“The Beauty of the Package”—an essay on a Japanese wedding, in Granta, February 2014.

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