Born to Indian academics, raised between the UK and the US and having lived in rural Japan with his Japanese wife for two decades, Pico Iyer is quite the globe-trotter in both his home and work life. As a regular essayist for Time, The New York Times and Harper’s and the author of 10 books—ranging from Video Night in Kathmandu to The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home—Pico has seen the good, the bad This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Memes of Communication A conversation about digital folklore. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Designated Drudgery How to take a load off. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Knowing Me, Knowing You Think twice before seeking out your doppelgänger. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Mime Culture On lip-syncing and the allure of mouthing along. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Everything and Nothing It was Isaac Newton who suggested that black was not a color. History suggests otherwise.