In Motion: The Experience of Travel, just published in paperback by APA Planners Press, is Tony Hiss’s in-depth exploration of the unique, built-in human ability he calls Deep Travel, when everything seems fresh, vivid, and memorable. This other way of using the mind has been called “the best friend of anyone in the design community,” and Hiss gives talks and mobile workshops for planners, landscape architects and architects about how use Deep Travel on an everyday basis in their work. In Motion, Hiss’s thirteenth book, follows the award-winning The Experience of Place and H2O: Highlands to Ocean, an evocative introduction to the dynamic underlying landscape and waterscape of the New York area. Previous books have explored subjects as varied as train travel, Hunanese cooking, giant pandas, photography, and the story of his family. He was also co-author of A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area, and recently wrote the introduction for Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, to be published on February 1, 2013, the centennial of the day New York’s greatest railroad station first opened its doors.
Tony Hiss was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 30 years, contributing essays, profiles, reviews, editorials, and more than 400 “Talk of the Town” stories, and has also written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Travel & Leisure. He has lectured around the world, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The National Recreation and Park Association’s National Literary Award praised Hiss for a lifetime of “spellbinding and poignant” writing about “how our environments, modes of travel, and other aspects of the American landscape affect our lives.” He lives in New York with his wife, writer Lois Metzger, and their son.