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 25Conversation for UCSB’s Lifelong Learning Initiative
Santa Barbara, California
October 26 Conversation with Walter Isaacson for UCSB A&L
Santa Barbara, California
October 30Conversation with the Zen Luminaries series (online)
Santa Rosa, California
November 6Keynote, International Symposium on Stewardship
Ottawa, Canada
November 9-10 Keynote, Tatler Gen T Summit
Hong Kong
November 13 Conversation for Stephen Batchelor, Musashino U.
Kyoto, Japan
February 21, 2024 Conversation for Abraham Verghese, UCSB A&L
Santa Barbara, California
February 23 Conversation on haiku for Upaya Zen Center (online)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
April 9 Conversation with Lauren Groff, UCSB A&L
Santa Barbara, California
April 11 Keynote, Convert and Stuart Hall School
San Francisco, California
April 13 Conversation for Book Passage Book Group (virtual)
Corte Madera, California
April 16 Conversation with Helen Tworkov, Asia Society
New York, New York
April 20-21 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, California
April 22 Conversation with Jim Doti, Chapman University
Orange, California
April 25 Isherwood-Bachardy Lecture, Huntington Museum
San Marino, California
July 8-13 Modern Elder Academy workshop with Chip Conley Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sept 22 – Oct 12 Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

Many more engagements are currently in the works.

An hour-long interview with Doug Fabrizio for Radio West on KUER, April 6, 2023.

A long talk with the wonderful editor Melvin McLeod for the Lion’s Roar podcast, April 17, 2023, excerpted in the July/August edition of Lion’s Roar.

“The Man from Everywhere”—a short essay to introduce the latest book of photography from Basil Pao, Carnival of Dreams, April 30, 2023

“The Rain on the Rooftops”—a foreword to the book The Nature of Kyoto: Writers in Kyoto Volume 5. May 2023

“Covid taught me what life might look like after death”–A short essay on my life post-pandemic—Washington Post, June 28, 2023

A talk of more than two hours with the brilliant and penetrating William Green for his podcast “Richer, Wiser, Happier”—July 9, 2023

A 30-minute talk on “The Japanese Art of Happiness” for the KCRW program Life Examined—July 22, 2023

“Medicine for the Mind”—a short Foreword to The Little Zen Book of Healing, by Paula Arai—August 2023.

“Second Thoughts”—an essay on Key West for the anthology, Key West Sketches: Writers at Mile Zero, published in August 2023.

A talk with the wise business mind Mitch Joel for his “Six Pixels of Separation” podcast, broadcast on August 10, 2023

“An Ode to the Pool”—a short riff on swimming-pools, for the Financial Times, August 19, 2023

“We May Believe the Places We Love Will Outlast Us”—a long essay on the fragility of all our monuments, for The Globe & Mail, August 26, 2023

A talk with Sam Harris for his podcast, Waking Up—broadcast on August 29, 2023.

“Ticket to Telluride”—an ode to my greatest cultural highlight of every year, the Telluride Film Festival, for Air Mail, September 2, 2023.

“A Riddle beyond Reckoning”—a short essay on the mystery of my father for the “Hey Pop” series on Substack, September 8, 2023.

“A Cry from the Submerged Life”—a review of J.M. Coetzee’s haunting new novel, The Pole, for Air Mail, September 16, 2023.

“No small world”—a long interview with The Times of India, September 17, 2023

“Casualties of Love”—an essay on Michael Ondaatje for the new anthology of critical writings on the man, Do You Want to be Happy and Write?, published September 25, 2023

“A home that had been with me forever”—a 14-minute audio-essay for Wait What’s “Meditative Story” series, now broadcast on “A Sense of Serenity”—October 1, 2023

“A Cure for our Age of Distraction”–a long essay on Hiroshi Sugimoto for the Daily Telegraph, October 1, 2023.

“The Pilgrim’s Way”–a series of audio-essays for the Waking Up app, released October 2023

“The Sound of Becoming”–an essay on Philip Glass for The Etudes, a celebration of the composer, published October 31, 2023. 

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