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Pico Iyer

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Latest 15 Aug 2022 | Updated Daily

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The meaning of home – and the joy of traveling | Pico Iyer

TED Talks Daily

Welcome to the TED Talks Daily summer book club, a series featuring talks and interviews to inspire your next great read. Up first, a meditation on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still from writer Pico Iyer. After the talk, Pico shares a book that has stayed with him: "Letter to a Stranger" by Colleen Kinder. If you'd like to hear more from Pico, you can take his upcoming TED Course "How to take a life-changing journey." You'll learn how to set an intention and choose a destination, be fully present while you travel, navigate cultural differences and live differently when you return home. Enroll at tedtalks.social/journey.

21mins

1 Aug 2022

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David Mitchell with 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 3mins

12 Jun 2022

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"Die 3 der Woche": Bernd Brunner, Kendra Greene und Pico Iyer

Unter Büchern mit Katrin Schumacher

Katrin Schumacher mit den drei Literaturtipps der Woche: Mit dabei Bernd Brunner "Von der Kunst die Früchte zu zähmen" Kendra Greene "Das Walmuseum, das Sie nie besuchen werden" und Pico Iyer "Japan für Anfänger".

16mins

20 May 2022

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Reflecting on 2020: Pico Iyer

Wiser Conversations

What could we learn from 2020? Let's not forget it's still important to slow down and relish in being still. Join us for our outtakes from the conversation with Pico Iyer, the author of The Art of Stillness, revered by the New Yorker as a “spiritual and intellectual adventurer”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

6mins

17 May 2022

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Prospects for optimism, with Pico Iyer and Vrajaprana

Life Examined

As we enter the new year, is this an opportunity to embrace some new ideas and gain a better understanding of who we are and the world around us? Jonathan Bastian talks to Buddhist scholar Pico Iyer about the prospects for optimism and what author Graham Greene has taught him about human frailty and vulnerability. And Vedanta nun Pravrajika Vrajaprana shares wisdom and hope from the writings of Swami Vivekananda.

52mins

15 Jan 2022

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Pico Iyer and Elizabeth Gilbert – The Future of Hope 3

On Being with Krista Tippett

Pico Iyer is an esteemed journalist and essayist, and an explorer of inner life — for himself and in 21st-century society. For this episode in our Future of Hope series, he draws out writer Elizabeth Gilbert and “her sense of hope based not on a confidence in happy endings, but the conviction that something makes sense — even if not a sense that we can grasp.” Pico’s questions and Liz’s answers are all the more poignant given that both of them have recently suffered deep losses. These two friends delve into what it means to retreat into smallness, and grapple with a complex understanding of hope, as the world continues to overwhelm.Pico Iyer is the author of many books, including The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. His latest is A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations.Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of beloved non-fiction books including Big Magic and the global sensation, Eat, Pray, Love. Her novels include: The Signature of All Things, and, most recently, City of Girls.Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

51mins

18 Nov 2021

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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.Meet NellaA daily capsule of next-gen performance probiotic supplement designed to propel you to your highest potential.Code: Pmac25https://nella.fitbiomics.com

33mins

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.

28mins

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 IyerIn 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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