Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author, most recently, of Autumn Light and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, twinned and contradictory books on his longtime home. This essay is adapted from Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau, edited by Andrew Blauner.

Last Rites and Comic Flights 

A funeral in a 1984 Japanese film offers moments of slapstick amid the solemnity

by Pico Iyer | Wednesday, June 01, 2022

My Guidebook to Japan

Lessons from Thoreau learned in a distant land

by Pico Iyer | Saturday, October 09, 2021

Song of the Earth

On Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

by Pico Iyer | Monday, September 08, 2014

The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received

by Pico Iyer | Monday, October 07, 2013