Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of several books, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Global Soul. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications and his most recent book is The Man Within My Head.

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  • Empty Cities

    August 13, 2015

    When Hunter Thompson wrote, “For the loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth,” he hadn’t been to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital where even the sometime-winners are abruptly sent before the firing squads.

  • Proust: The Accidental Buddhist

    December 24, 2013

    When writing a book once about the Dalai Lama, I was startled to realize that the very core of one of his lessons was expressed for me by none other than Marcel Proust.

  • Hyderabad in Five Colors

    September 5, 2013

    India most happily changes the lives of those who have no thought of changing India.

  • Cities of Sleep

    March 21, 2013

    The content of my dreams has long ceased to interest me; but their proportions, the way they rearrange the things I thought I cared about, the life I imagined I was leading, won’t go away.

  • Tibet’s Quiet Revolution

    March 19, 2011

    It’s been startling to witness mass demonstrations in countries across the Middle East for freedom from autocracy, while, in the Tibetan community, a die-hard champion of “people power” tries to dethrone himself and his people keep asking him to stay on. Again and again the Dalai Lama (who tends to be more radical and less romantic than most of his followers) has sought to find ways to give up power, and his community has sought to find ways to ensure he can’t.