Tony Hiss

For years Tony Hiss has been fascinated by how people are affected by the changes in the places around them—cities and landscapes—and also by how people themselves change as they move through these places. The book In Motion: The Experience of Travel, explores a rewarding and vivid wide-awake-ness that travel can evoke, a state of mind he calls Deep Travel.

Previous books, which include The Experience of Place, have also covered train travel, Hunan’s cooking, giant pandas, photography, and the story of my family, the landscape of the Chicago area, and the landscape and future of the New York City region. Mr. Hiss was a staff writer at the New Yorker for more than 30 years and lectured widely all over the world.

Currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He lives in New York City his wife, writer Lois Metzger, and their son.

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The other Sunday, after encountering bitingly cold winds along a Marin Headlands coastal trail, my wife and I elected an urban walk through Mill Valley instead.