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 speak, here are a few dates and places to try:

March 18 India Today Conclave

Mumbai, India

April 5 Conversation with Andrew McCarthy, Live Talks L.A.

Los Angeles, California

April 16-21 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman U.

Orange, California

April 24-28 TED Conference

Vancouver, Canada

May 6, 2017 Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

May 9, 2017 Conversation with Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch

Santa Barbara, California

May Talk on Travel, Concur

San Francisco, California

May Talk on Travel, HANA/Haus

Palo Alto, California

May 21 Commencement Ceremony, Chapman University

Orange, California

June 2 Q and A after “I’m Your Man” screening

Los Angeles, California

June 9-12 Workshop with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Tassajara

Carmel Valley, California

July 23 Conversation with Janet Fitch, SB Musem of Art

Santa Barbara, California

July 28 Lecture, Mile Hi Church

Denver, Colorado

September 1-4 Telluride Film Festival,

Telluride, Colorado

January 19-23 Jaipur Literary Festival

Jaipur, India

July 15-20 Travel Journal Workshop with Janet Fitch, Esalen

Big Sur, California

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“The Beauty of What We’ll Never Know” —a talk for ted..com (originally delivered as the closing talk at the TED Summit in Banff, June 30, 2016), posted October 11, 2016

“How the Light Goes Out”—an essay on Leonard Cohen’s new album, “You Want it Darker,” on Walrus.com, October 20, 2016, updated and revised in The Walrus magazine, January/February 2017 issue.

“Cohen lived in the thick of it”—a short tribute to Cohen the man that appeared in Canada an hour or two after his death was announced—The Globe & Mail, November 11, 2016.

“Inside Fidel Castro’s Cuba and his Legacy”—an essay on Castro’s Cuba, as seen over 26 years on the island—Time.com, November 26, 2016

An interview on the meaning of home in a post-Trump world, Macleans.com December 9, 2016.

“The Country Full of Contradictions”—an interview on Cuba for BBC Travel, December 19, 2016.

“The Talk That Changed My Life”—an essay on Brazilian C.E.O. Ricardo Semler’s TED Talk—ted.com December 29, 2016.

“What Do we Know?”—an essay on the limits of knowledge and the year just past —The New York Times, January 1, 2017

“The remote Alaskan town that’s big in Japan”—an essay on the Japanese fascination with the Northern Lights—Financial Times, March 4-5, 2017

“Storms threaten their monastic way of life”—an Op-Ed piece on rains and monks in the Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2017

Guest Editor, debut issue of the new magazine, Satori, launched March 16, 2017.

An essay on Bucket-Lists, Travel & Leisure, April 207

“Yesterday”—a piece on The Beatles and their famous ballad in the anthology, In Their Lives, published May 23, 2017, and excerpted in the special Met Issue of Vogue, May 2017.

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