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!

“A Valentine Day’s treat from Japan”—a short essay on how to savor the romantic’s holiday on a single short street in Kyoto, in Sweet, February 14, 2016.

A long essay on a new biography of film-maker Terrence Malick—The Australian, May 28, 2016.

“The Great Wide Open”—a travel-essay on a recent trip to Mongolia, in Travel & Leisure, June 2016.

“The Man Who Told Futures”—a reminiscence of a moment in Kathmandu, 1985, in Lion’s Roar, October 2016, excerpted from a slightly different essay to appear in The Lonely Planet Anthology in November 2016.

If you’re interested in hearing Pico Iyer talk, here are a few dates and places to try:

September 29 Public conversation, Banff Centre for the Arts

Banff, Canada

January 25, 2017 Conversation with Richard Rodriguez, Stanford U.

Palo Alto, California

January 28-29, 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

April 17-22 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman U.

Orange, California

May 6, 2017 Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

May 17-19 School of Life/Dumbo Feather sermons and chats

Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

June 9-12 Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara

Carmel Valley, California

July 6-15, Indian Summer Festival of Arts and Ideas

Vancouver, Canada

September Telluride Film Festival,

Telluride, Colorado

January Jaipur Literary Festival

Jaipur, India

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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