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:

February 16, 17, 18, 2021 Two lectures and a conversation (online)
Santa Fe Workshops
March 6  A class on creativity (with Michael Shapiro), online Book Passage/Extended Sessions
March 14  An interview with Kazuo Ishiguro
Book Passage/Extended Sessions
March 27 A class on The Art of Stillness, online
Book Passage/Extended Sessions
April 16 Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, online
UCSB Arts & Lectures
May 6      A conversation on Japan, online
British Library, London, England
May       Conversation with Mira Nair, online
UCSB Arts & Lectures
June  Conversation with Peter Grilli on Japan, online
Japan Society of Boston
August 18  Talk, Hospice of Santa Barbara, online
September 20-23   Lecture, Adventure Travel Summit
Sapporo, Japan
Mar. 25-30 2022 Silversea World Cruise 2022, Zanzibar-Mahe
April 29, 2022    Keynote lecture, Travel Con, Memphis, Tennessee
October 2-9, 2022  Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.                    

 “Chi ha dimenticato vuole transcinarci in un mondo di muri”–An interview with La Repubblica on the 75th anniversary of the dropping of a bomb on Hiroshima—August 6, 2020

“The Best Reason to Go to College”—an Op-Ed on the beginning of the new school year, for The New York Times, September 7, 2020

“The Power of the Everyday”–an introduction to In Search of Elsewhere, a fresh collection of works by the photographer Steve McCurry, September 2020.

“The Best Conversations of my Life”–a long essay on the sharing and receiving of books, in the anthology, The Gifts of Reading, September 2020 (excerpted in The Australian).

“A City Built on Books”–a long essay on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, for The Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2020

“Making a Life, Not Just a Living:–an Op-Ed for The Times of India on the coronavirus season, October 16, 2020

“The Playboy Philosopher”–a review of Matthew McConaughey’s memoir, Greenlights, in Air Mail, October 24, 2020

“Spirituality, Wisdom and What Sustains us”—an interview with Patheos, October 29, 2020.

“Empathy”—a discussion on an essential virtue with Pravrika Vrajaprana, Vedanta nun, on “Life Examined” on KCRW-FM radio, October 31, 2020.

“The Holding Pattern”—an essay on being a traveler in a world without travel, Conde Nast Traveler, November 2020

“Solitude”—a brief, musical essay for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and its current season of virtual concerts, SOUND/STAGE, November 6, 2020

“All I have is this moment right now, and I need to do deepest justice to it”—the first part of a long interview with The Times of India, run on the Op-Ed page, November 9, 2020

“In Praise of Jan Morris”—a short essay remembering a mighty writer, The Guardian, November 23, 2020

 “From Babbling to Listening”—an interview for the Op-Ed page of The Times of India, December 12, 2020

A tiny piece on Antarctica, for the annual collection of Travel Writers’ Discoveries of the year—Financial Times, December 12, 2020

“Absent Foreigners, Kyoto Carries On”—a short piece on Kyoto in November, mid-pandemic, for The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2020.

“Still Life”—a short essay on traveling around my neighborhood, for Kyoto Journal, Issue 99, December 2020.

“Sacred Place”—an essay on the work of photographer Balarama Heller, in Aperture, Winter 2020.

A remembrance of writer and friend Barry Lopez, Orion, January 11, 2021.

‘The Wonders Close to Home”–a long essay on the joys of traveling close to home, for Westways, January 2020.

“Kyoto”–a love-letter to Japan’s ancient capital, for Vanity Fair (U.K.) March 2021.

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