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:


April 5 Conversation with Maria Popova, UCSB Arts & Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

April 6 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, City Arts & Lectures

San Francisco, California

April 10-14 TED Conference (2 workshops on Travel as Transport)

Vancouver, British Columbia

April 16-20 Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Orange, California

April 16 Talk on Stillness, Center 1888

Orange, California

April 24 Conversation with Don George, Carmel Public Library

Carmel, California

April 29 Keynote and conversation, Bay Area Book Festival

Berkeley, California

May 3 Conversation with Anthony Doerr, UCSB Arts-Lectures

Santa Barbara, California

May 5 Stillness Lecture/Workshop for Hollyhock Retreat

Vancouver, British Columbia

May 13 Chartered Financial Analyst Annual Conference

Hong Kong

May 25-27 Mountainfilm Festival

Telluride, Colorado

June 17 Ross Macdonald Award, SB Writers Conference

Santa Barbara, California

June 22 Keynote Talk, Mile-Hi Church

Denver, Colorado

June 30 Musical/Literary event with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio

Henry Miller Library, Big Sur,

July 6-10 Workshop on Writing and Zen with Fu Schroeder

Tassajara, California

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

Big Sur, California

August 31-September 2 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

January 6-18 2019 Two talks, Silversea World Cruise

San Francisco, California-Papeete

January 30-Feb. 1, 2019 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

August 28-Sept. 2, 2019 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, Colorado

September 2019 Berlin Literature Festival

Berlin, Germany

October 11-13 Southern Festival of Books

Nashville, Tennessee

November 2019 Singapore Writers’ Festival


Many more engagements are currently in the works.

“Troubled Waters”-a review of Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts of the Tsunami, for the New York Times Book Review, December 31, 2017.

“The River”-a short essay on the meaning of change, for the great young British magazine Satori, December 2017

“Why I’m an Optimist”-an essay for Elle India, January 2018.

“Damaraland, Namibia-Where `Each Day Lasts 100 Hours’ “-The Observer, January 20, 2018

“The Kiss”-a short piece about Damascus in the anthology, The Kiss, published by W.W. Norton February 14, 2018.

“The Hero: Depths and Surfaces”-an essay on Satyajit Ray’s film Nayak, written for the Criterion Collection DVD released on February 20, 2018, and appearing (in very different form) in NYR Daily, the blog of The New York Review of Books, as “Satyajit Ray’s Hero Revisited” on February 27, 2018

“Under Mongolian Skies”-an essay on Mongolia, for WSJ, the magazine of the Wall Street Journal, March 2018.

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