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:

October 16 Keynote, Inspirato Mid-Atlantic Member Summit

Washington D.C.

October 23 Conversation with Joan Halifax, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

January 6-18 2019 Silversea World Cruise

San Francisco, California—Papeete

January 22 Conversation with B.J. Miller, City Arts and Lectures

San Francisco, California

January 28 Conversation with George Saunders, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

January 30-Feb. 1 Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival

Rancho Mirage, California

February 19 Moderator, panel on Zen and Japanese internment

New York City, New York

March 14 Conversation with Susan Orlean, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

March 28 Lecture, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Richmond, Virginia

April 18 Reading and book-launch, University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

April 20 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles, California

May Reading with Michael Ondaatje, 92nd Street Y

New York New York

May 16 Conversation with Andrew Solomon, UCSB

Santa Barbara, California

July 21-25 TED Summit

Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

“The Restless, Furious, Quietly Abiding Friend of us All”—an essay on my longtime, unmet friend, Thomas Merton, for the book, What I am Living For, a collection of essays on Merton.

“Japan’s Enchanted Islands”—an account of a trip around Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, for WSJ, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, May 5, 2018

“The Future of Travel,”–a short essay in a special anniversary issue on The Future, for The Walrus, June 2018.

“A Full Life in the Emptiness,”–an essay on a trip around Namibia for The Australian, June 16 2018

–“Past Perfect,” an essay on what makes Japan distinctive for Airbnbmag Summer 2018

An interview with Sam Benjamin at Esalen, July 20, 2018, to be found on the Voices of Esalen podcast– https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pico-iyer-on-esalen-big-sur-the-dalai-lama-and-global-soul/id1084621605?i=1000417047152&mt=2

“The Humanity We Can’t Relinquish”–an Opinion piece on what makes us human, for The New York Times, August 12, 2018.

“Why We Must See the World for Ourselves”–an Opinion piece on travel in the age of the Internet, for The Globe & Mail, August 12, 2018.

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