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:

November 10, 2014 PURE Life Experiences Annual Conference

Marrakech, Morocco

December 5-7, 2014 Times of India Literary Festival

Mumbai, India

January 8-11, 2015 Key West Literary Seminar: “How the Light Gets In.”

Key West, Florida

February 9 Onstage conversation with Varun Soni, for Mindful USC

Los Angeles, California

February 12 Onstage conversation with Don George for Geographic Expeditions

Menlo Park, California

February 17-20 Educational Travel Community Annual Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

February 23-27 Visiting Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

March 16-20 TED Conference

Vancouver, Canada

May 1, 2015 A reading with Michael Ondaatje, Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

May 2, 2015 A conference on “Home,” Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

May 6, 2015 Walrus Talks—Play, Games and Sport

Toronto, Canada

May 7-8, 2015 Ryerson University Global Diversity Exchange

Toronto, Canada

April 2016 West Point Academy

West Point, New York

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

A tiny new Iyer book—The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere– is coming out from TED Books/Simon & Schuster on November 4, 2014, in hardback, e-book and audio book form, the second in the TED Original series, accompanied by a 14-minute talk on ted.com., as well as other related new videos on ted.com and a segment on the TED Radio Hour later that week.

A few recent Iyer articles include:

“Love at First Step”—an essay adapted from the new collection, Deep Kyoto Walks, on the BBC Travel website, July 21, 2014.

“An Unknown America of the Mind”—a long essay on Richard Rodriguez’s book Darling, in The New York Review of Books, August 14, 2014.

“Juggling Worlds”–a review of “The Bone Clocks, the new novel by David Mitchell, in The New York Times Book Review, August 31, 2014.

“Immersed in the Surface”—an essay based around Haruki Murakami’s latest novel Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, in Prospect magazine, September 2014.

“Talkin’ ‘Bout a Permament Revolution”–an essay on San Francisco in The Observer, September 14, 2014.

“Song of the Earth”—a brief essay on Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, in The American Scholar, Autumn 2014;

“The Things They Buried”–a review of Romesh Gunesekera’s book of stories, Noontide Toll—Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2014.

“Open Up”—a piece on finding space in an accelerating world–Mindful, October 2014

“Art of Darkness”–an essay on morality and literature, The New York Times Book Review, October 26, 2014.

An ode to Kashmir, in Conde Nast Traveller (India), October/November 2014.

“The Spell of the Foreign”—a long essay on the ambiguous nature of the “Foreign” in Lapham’s Quarterly, Winter 2014 issue.

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