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!

“Beneath Us, Beyond Us, Inside Us”—a long introductory essay to the book Masks, by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier, October 2019

“The Shock of the Old”—an essay on the Naoshima project for the Benesse Art Site Naoshima newsletter, October 2019

“Relative Values”–an essay on Japan and its different relation to reality, for the Times Literary Supplement, November 22, 2019.

“The Newest New, The Oldest Old”—an essay on Koyasan and Koshien, Silver Kris, December 2019

“The Calm Before the Storm”—a letter from Hong Kong in Air Mail, December 7, 2019

“It’s Almost 2020. Have We Really Gotten Wiser?”—an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, December 23, 2019

“The Dead Prime Ministers’ Society”—an essay on Eton in Air Mail, January 4, 2020

“How to be Cool and Warm At Once”—a tribute to the late Sonny Mehta, for Air Mail January 11, 2020

“The Light All Around Us”–a short essay on the photographic work of Robert Adams—Aperture, February 2020

An interview on the Virus moment for the Sunday Times of India, April 5, 2020– Read here

An interview with Mint, April 15, 2020– Read here

“Joyful participation in a world of sorrow”–A conversation with Cheryl Strayed for the Sugar Calling podcast hosted by The New York Times, April 15, 2020

“Contemplation in isolation”—A conversation with Jonathan Bastian on the pilot episode of “Foxhole” on KCRW radio station, April 25, 2020

“On Returning”–An essay on how and why travel is more important than ever, in Conde Nast Traveler, May/June 2020

“How a stopover at Tokyo Airport changed my life:”—an essay for The Guardian, May 16, 2020

“We cannot function without travel—an Op-Ed for the Globe & Mail, May 30, 2020

“Pico Iyer on the secret of immersive travel”—an essay for BBC.com, June 12, 2020

“The Origin of Paradise”—an essay on Iran for Bloomberg Business Week, June 29, 2020

For an unusually rich, searching and fresh interview, please read “A Friend Afar,” by the exceptional Austrian writer and journalist, Simon Schreyer: – Read here

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

October 12Conversation(online) with Barbara Kingsolver, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
December 3Conversation(online) with Cheryl Strayed, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
April 4-9, 2021TED Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia
April 12Conversation with Parul Sehgal, Greg Cowles, Chapman U. Orange, California
April 14Lecture, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California
April 16Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
April 18Keynote lecture, Travel Con, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 19-25Two lectures, Festival of Faiths, Louisville, Kentucky
May 13Conversation with Elizabeth Strout, UCSB Santa Barbara, California
June 3-7Workshop with Abbess Furyu Schroeder, Tassajara Carmel, California
July 5-9Writing Workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 20-23Lecture, Adventure Travel Summit, Sapporo, Japan
Mar 25-30, 2022Silversea World Cruise 2022, Jiddah, South Africa – Petra, Jordan
October 2-9, 2022Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

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