In his new memoir, Pico Iyer, one of our most astute observers of inner journeys, chronicles his obsession with the writer Graham Greene, what it means to be an outsider, and the place of a mysterious father in his own imagination.
Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and seven works of nonfiction, including the bestseller The Open Road, based on three decades of his conversations with the Dalai Lama. A writer for Time since 1982, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and many other magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. He was born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, in 1957, grew up in California and currently lives in Japan.
Thomas Curwen is an award-winning staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked as the editor of the Outdoors section, as a writer-at-large and an editor for the features sections and as the deputy editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Has has received an Academy of American Poets prize, a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental health journalism, and in 2008 he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.