Pico Iyer is an SBMA Parallel Stories ever-engaging presenter and one of Santa Barbara's favorite writers. Iyer has authored more than a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction and has been writing regularly for more than a quarter-century, and for more than 200 periodicals worldwide.
Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the new People’s Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called "Yes, Sir, Cheese My Baby," "A Legitimate Beef," and "Ike and Tuna Turner." These are some of the images that Iyer brings back from the Far East in this brilliant book of travel reportage, Video Night in Kathmandu. Iyer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye, a style that suggests a cross between Paul Theroux and Hunter Thompson, and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the hybrid cultures of East and West.