Pico Iyer's "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere" (Encore Presentation)

Jul 23, 2015

(Note: This interview originally aired back in April.) "Don't just do something," goes an old saying that's sometimes attributed to the Buddha, "sit there." On this installment of ST, we speak with the acclaimed travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer, whose newest book is called "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere." It may seem odd to find one of contemporary literature's best travel writers composing a book-lenth essay about not traveling, but Iyer begs to differ. Indeed, as he notes on our show, traveling might well provide the wallpaper and decorations of the house that is his life, but "stillness" is the foundation. And thus his book, "The Art of Stillness" is, as the Boston Globe has noted, "a bustling paean to the stationary life.... Iyer's argument is an engaging amalgam of memoir, reportage, and literary essay.... Iyer uses a fluid blend of argument and anecdote to make a persuasive and eloquent case that contemplating internal landscapes can be just as rich an experience as traveling through external ones. The fact that he has traveled to some of the world's most obscure corners only strengthens his credibility as a defender of stillness." You can learn more about Iyer's book -- and can access a free, on-demand mp3 stream of our interview -- at this link.