In Motion by Tony Hiss
The Experience of Travel

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In this extraordinarily wide-ranging, insightful, and revelatory book, Tony Hiss—the much-praised author of The Experience of Place—delves into a unique and instantly recognizable (though previously undescribed) experience that can happen to us when we travel, a special understanding and ability that can leave us feeling exhilarated. He illustrates how throughout human history—from our ancestors walking upright for the first time to astronauts walking on the moon—we have repeatedly availed ourselves of this seemingly elusive quality, which he calls “Deep Travel.”

The sensation of Deep Travel can overtake us, Hiss says, whenever we tap into a sophisticated, wide-awake awareness we all possess. With a wealth of examples—from evocative accounts of his own journeys to celebrated travel writing across the centuries—Hiss identifies and rescues this powerful capacity and sets out simple techniques for accessing it no matter where we are.

And this is only a jumping-off point for an original and penetrating explanation of how Deep Travel radically alters our perception of not only where we are but also when we are, by placing us in an “extended present,” and how it acts as an open-sesame to enlarge and enrich the world around us. Going even further, he investigates how we can remain absolutely still but travel in time itself, as our horizons move backward to include layers of nature and human culture that have gone before, or project us forward to consider what our actions will mean to those who will inhabit our spot on earth a few generations from now.

Whether travel takes you around the corner or around the world, once you’ve read In Motion, no journey will ever feel the same.


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About Tony Hiss

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William H. Whyte (1917-1999) was editor of Fortune magazine and Distinguished Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He was the author numerous books on social and environmental analysis, including City: Rediscovering the Center and The Organization Man, which is available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Tony Hiss, former staff writer for the New Yorker, is a visiting scholar at the Taub Urban Research Center, New York University. He is the author of The Experience of Place.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Knopf. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Crowded airplanes and their lack of customer service, packed subway cars on a hot day, and daily commutes to and from work that take longer now on average than at any other time in history add up to m

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“Before the door had even closed behind me, the familiar world outside immediately seemed — unexplored.”

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Tony Hiss’s meditation on travel centers on its power to awaken a latent, childlike sense of wonder at the world around us.

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New York Journal of Books

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Tony Hiss has spent his professional life thinking about time and place, then sharing his insights and learning through a memorable body of work at the New Yorker over a third of a century, and a diverse portfolio of books, including the acclaimed The Experience of Place, and now In Motion: The E...

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New York Journal of Books

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Tony Hiss has spent his professional life thinking about time and place, then sharing his insights and learning through a memorable body of work at the New Yorker over a third of a century, and a diverse portfolio of books, including the acclaimed The Experience of Place, and now In Motion: The E...

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Tony Hiss begins "In Motion" with a description of walking from his Greenwich Village home to mail a letter and pick up an iced coffee from a bagel shop.

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