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:

February 18 Keynote, India Infoline Global Investors’ Conference

Mumbai, India

February 29 Conversation with Sebastiao Salgado, ALOUD series

Los Angeles, California

March 2 Conversation with Sebastiao Salgado, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

April 9-10 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles, California

April 11-15 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

April  11-15 Conversation with Richard Bausch, Chapman University

Orange, California

April 13 Orange County Register Book Club

Santa Ana, California

April 20 Conversation with Krista Tippett, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

April  25-29 Lecture, United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

May 5 Lecture, Visit Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

May 17-21 Festival of Faiths

Louisville, Kentucky

May 24 Conversation with Geoff Dyer, City Arts

San Francisco, California

June 9-12 Three-day Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder

Tassajara, near Carmel, California

June 15 Conversation with Ian Buruma, Asian Cultural Council

New York, New York

June 16 Lecture, International Festival of Arts and Ideas

New Haven, Connecticut

June 26-30 TED Summit

Banff, Canada

August 8 Virtuoso Travel Week

Las Vegas, Nevada

January 19-22, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

March 7-11, 2017 Emirates Festival of Literature

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

September 1-4, 2017 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“Empty Cities”—a meditation on Las Vegas and Pyongyang, NYR Daily, the New York Review of Books blog, August 13, 2015.

“History Has no Place’”—a mistitled essay on Japan’s unsentimental taking care of sentiment—New York Times T Magazine, August 23, 2015.

“The Disappearance of Self in Japan”—an essay for the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture—Huffnington (World) Post, October 13, 2015.

“From Silence, Clarity”—a brief essay on the New Camaldoli Hermitage, appearing in Coast (The Orange Country Register magazine), October 25, 2015 and in The Orange County Register itself on December 20, 2015.

“The Unreal World”—an essay on authenticity in travel, New York Times T Magazine, November 15, 2015

Ikiru Many Autumns Later—an essay for Criterion DVD’s reissue of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru on November 23, 2015, which appeared, under a different title, on NYR Daily, the New York Review of Books blog, on December 30, 2015.

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