The Walrus Talks VideosThe Handshake and the Calligraphy Brush“That seemed to be the state of modern Japan: halfway between China and North America, not sure how much to follow Marshall McLuhan and how much Confucius” May 6, 2015October 16, 2019 - by Pico IyerPico Iyer Updated 22:36, Oct. 16, 2019 | Published 7:00, May. 6, 2015This article was published over a year ago. Some information may no longer be current. Pico IyerPico Iyer (@PicoIyer) is the author of two novels and ten non-fiction books. His new book, Autumn Light, will be published next spring.