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May 23, 2019
At Home in Japan with Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer once described himself as “a global village on two legs.” He’s the writing champion of cosmopolitan consciousness who lived awhile inside the Los Angeles airport just to feel...|
March 13, 2014
Pico Iyer: An Empire in Isolation
On the matter of “getting over” 9.11, what would it take to “see oursels as ithers see us,” in Robert Burns’ prayer? Yesterday we spoke with the writer Pico Iyer....|
February 10, 2012
Pico Iyer: Channeling Graham Greene and the...
“Although knaves win in every political struggle, although society seems to be delivered over from the hands of one set of criminals into the hands of another set of...|
May 27, 2009
Pico Iyer in Jamaica: center of word...
Calabash, the Caribbean literary festival, is an outdoor church of the written word, rocking and resonating on the south coast of Jamaica with the voices of poets and writers from...|
April 11, 2008
Pico Iyer: the "Transcendentalist" Dalai Lama
In Tibet the Dalai Lama was an embodiment of an old culture that, cut off from the world, spoke for an ancient, even lost traditionalism; now, in exile, he is...|
May 24, 2013
Iyer Dyer & Doty is not a...
This one won’t be on the final exam, but in the spring clearance from the Key West Literary Seminars I didn’t want to let it go. Seriously funny Englishman-at-large Geoff...|
April 21, 2022
How Do We Look?
We are encouraged to believe, we Americans, that if anything good for the world comes out of the war in Ukraine, it will be that “the US is back,” not...|
July 13, 2017
The Concord Circle & the Birth of...
Henry David Thoreau on his 200th birthday has invited us back to his woodsy, watery old town of Concord, Massachusetts where crystalline American prose was born and grew up. “The...|
March 21, 2017
Mohsin Hamid and the ‘Unwritten Constitution’
The Pakistani fictionist Mohsin Hamid is acutely expert on our American hang-ups about others who look something like him. His new novel, Exit West, is a very modern sort of...|
March 13, 2014
Will We Ever Get Over 9/11?
Are we getting over 9.11? What is it doing to our character, our culture, our Constitution? We’ve been through the flags-everywhere stage, the foreign invasion response, the big build-up of...|
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