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In this extraordinarily wide-ranging, insightful, mind-opening book, Tony Hiss delves into the question of why travel sometimes (but only sometimes) feels remarkably fresh and exhilarating, and illustrates how we can avail ourselves of this seemingly elusive quality—which he calls “deep travel”—on an everyday basis.
The sensation of deep travel can overtake us, Hiss argues, whenever we tap into a sophisticated, wide-awake awareness we all possess. With a wealth of examples—from human ancestors walking two-legged for the first time to astronauts walking on the moon—Hiss identifies and rescues this capacity, and sets out simple techniques for accessing it no matter how near or far your travel takes you. But this is only a jumping-off point for an original and penetrating explanation of how deep travel radically alters our perception of time by placing us in an “extended present,” and how it acts as an “open sesame” to enlarge and enrich the world around us, immeasurably and irreversibly.
Whether travel takes you around the corner or on daily commutes, on wilderness canoe trips or international flights—once you’ve read In Motion, no journey will ever feel the same.
“An intellectual walkabout filled with arresting, wide-ranging perceptions, quite unlike any other travel book.” —Kirkus
“Hiss shares his own enlightening experiences of the mind in motion, acting as our Virgil of Deep Travel.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The high excitement of In Motion comes from the way Tony Hiss can present so much cutting-edge information in a pattern that creates a fuller and more articulate understanding of what we are. His reporter’s nose for a good story combines with a tremendous breadth and depth of vision; the result is both fun and mind-altering, a real eye-opener, a changer of consciousness. It’s a book not only to read but to live.” —Kim Stanley Robinson
“In Motion is a brilliant, mind-opening book that will change how you see your world. Tony Hiss takes you to places that are both out there and inside your own mind, and offers a strikingly new perspective on such basic questions as ‘What makes us human?’ and ‘Why do we explore?’ I recommend that you read it before you take another step.” —Andrew Weil, M.D.
“Interesting and ambitious. . . . In Motion ranges widely over continents and time frames, leaping from idea to idea. . . . Like [Bruce Chatwin’s] The Songlines, Hiss’s book is full of evidence of his impressively wide reading and intelligent speculation, replete with strange discoveries and serendipities. . . . [It] has an enjoyably erratic and discursive structure, moving from anthropologists studying the first human footprints in the grasslands of Africa to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.” —William Dalrymple, The New York Times Book Review
“Intriguing and immediately connected to our lives today. . . . In Motion will certainly set minds in motion, heading deeper into the roving nature of humanity.” —Christine Thomas, The Miami Herald
“In Motion is an unusually ambitious book: an attempt to explain not only why humans travel, and how Deep Travel can transform us, but how Homo sapiens’ awareness evolved during the past 3.6 million years.” —Jeff Greenwald, San Francisco Chronicle