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Pico Iyer

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Pico Iyer is an essayist and novelist known for his travel writing joins Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe

Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe

Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist known for his travel writing. He is the author of numerous books on crossing cultures including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. He has been a contributor to Time, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times.


3 Jun 2021

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David Mitchell and Pico Iyer

City Arts & Lectures

This week, we’ll listen to a conversation with David Mitchell and Pico Iyer, recorded on May 8, 2021. David Mitchell’s many novels include Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, and Ghostwritten. . His most recent novel, Utopia Avenue, follows the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Mitchell’s stories often weave together the supernatural and the philosophical.  He’s also one of the most structurally inventive writers of our time, featuring nonlinear storylines and multiple genres within a single book. Pico Iyer is a travel writer, essayist, and novelist, whose many books include Video Night in Kathmandu and The Lady and the Monk.  

1hr 4mins

16 May 2021

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Travel Writer Pico Iyer: Asking Questions of the World

Dialogue with Marcia Franklin

Host Marcia Franklin talks with author and world traveler Pico Iyer, whose books and essays about the far corners of the world explore not just the dynamics of those cultures, but also travel itself and its effect on an "outsider." Iyer's many books include: Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Falling off the Map and The Global Soul. His most recent book when Franklin interviewed him, The Open Road, is about the life and philosophy of the Dalai Lama, who was a friend of Iyer's father. Franklin and Iyer talk about why he enjoys journeying so much, what tips he has for others who want to travel, and why he's concerned that so few Americans have passports. They also discuss the politics of Tibet, and what Iyer learned about the personality of the Dalai Lama in the years of researching his book on him. A former reporter for Time magazine, Iyer also writes many articles for periodicals and newspapers, including The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit the Dialogue website for more conversations that matter!  Originally Aired: 12/09/2010 The interview is part of Dialogue’s series, "Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference," and was taped at the 2010 conference. Since 1995, the conference has been bringing together some of the world’s most well-known and illuminating authors to discuss literature and life.


21 Feb 2021

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Pico Iyer on the creative task of travel across the world and deep within [encore]

Deviate with Rolf Potts

“The boundaries of life are responsible for the beauty of life.” – Pico Iyer In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Pico discuss the people we become when we travel (4:00); what led Pico to travel (10:00); travel in the age of technology (20:00); finding the remarkable in the unremarkable (32:00); ping pong as a metaphor for life (40:00); the importance of impermanence (50:00); and the idea of being versus becoming (1:01:00). Pico Iyer (@PicoIyer) is a novelist, essayist, and one of the most influential travel writers of his generation. He is known for such books as Video Night in Kathmandu and The Lady and the Monk, with many of his works receiving significant critical acclaim. He has also written for such publications as The New York Times, Time, and Harper’s. For more about Pico, check out http://picoiyerjourneys.com/ Notable Links: A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, by Pico Iyer (book) Autumn Light, by Pico Iyer (book) Walt Whitman (poet / essayist) John Muir (naturalist) Herman Melville (writer) Let’s Go (travel guide series) Salman Rushdie (writer) John Burroughs (naturalist / writer) This episode is brought to you by the Santa Fe Workshops, which offer a variety of online and in-person classes and seminars in writing and photography, including “Across the World and Deep Within,” a travel webinar featuring author Pico Iyer (February 16-18, 2021). The Deviate theme music comes from the title track of Cedar Van Tassel’s 2017 album Lumber. Note: We don’t host a “comments” section, but we’re happy to hear your questions and insights via email, at deviate@rolfpotts.com.

1hr 8mins

9 Feb 2021

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The Exploration of Uncertainty with Pico Iyer

The Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit Podcast

Even before uncertainty became a buzzword, we have had to deal with it every day, but the situation we are facing now forces us to take a harder look at it and accept its reality. This conversation between Kathy Twells and Pico Iyer, a writer and travel enthusiast, is an exploration of uncertainty – an inquiry on how we can navigate the unfamiliar landscape of the world during COVID-19. As a traveler, Pico knows that more often than not, the best and worst things happen to you when you’re not exactly on the beaten path. Sometimes, you just have to let life run its course and not beat yourself up for things you cannot control. This theme of surrendering to life pervades much of this discussion, but it’s not as simplistic as it sounds. You’ll have to listen to know more. This episode is a powerful one and something that we all need to hear as we face this uncertainty together.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join The Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit Podcast community today:cokecmosummit.comFacebookTwitter


24 Aug 2020

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#45 Pico Iyer: travel writer, observer, master of stillness

Dumbo Feather Podcast

Pico Iyer is regarded as one of the best travel writers of our time, but he's not just an explorer of the outer worlds, he writes beautifully on the inner journeys available to us, too. Having written 14 books, travelled frequently by the side of the Dalai Lama, done four TED Talks with over 10 million views and written for Time Magazine, New York Times and many more, he is a wise voice for our times on matters of stillness, transformation and the heart.


21 Aug 2020

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In Pico Iyer's Japan the air is thronged with ghosts


Pico was a journalist in New York when a 20-hour layover at Narita airport in Japan made him question everything. He decided to begin again as a monk at a Zen temple in Kyoto. But things didn't go entirely to plan


9 Jul 2020

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01. Adventures in Going Nowhere with Pico Iyer

Wiser Conversations

In these overwhelming times it's urgent to slow down and relish in being still.Join Derek Handley for a conversation with Pico Iyer, the author of The Art of Stillness, revered by the New Yorker as a “spiritual and intellectual adventurer”. His four TED talks have been watched more than 10 million times for his reflections on what he calls our “inner world”.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 May 2020

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Pico Iyer

Real Fiction Radio

Journalist and Travel Writer - Pico Iyer discusses his new book Autumn Light.


6 May 2020

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077--Bookin' w/ Pico Iyer


This week, Pico Iyer joins host Jason Jefferies to talk about his new book Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells published by our friends at Vintage.  Topics of conversation include Leonard Cohen, ping pong, the Dalai Lama, foreign conflicts, The Tale of Genji, Japan and pop culture, and much more.  Copies of Autumn Light can be purchased here with free shipping.  


27 Apr 2020