Poet Snyder refers to Mount Tamalpais as œSan Francisco's backyard wilderness. But Killion's brief history makes clear that the location has been an integral part of San Francisco's outdoor culture since the 19th century. Although œTamalpais is a Miwok Indian word, what role the mountain played in their traditions has been lost. Place names on the mountain commemorate settlers who hiked its slopes, and the genteel poets and writers of the post–Civil War generations created most of the œIndian legends associated with it. But it was with Kenneth Rexroth and the burgeoning San Francisco scene of the 1930s that Tamalpais found its place in American literature, and later Jack Kerouac placed scenes in The Dharma Bums on the small mountain. Snyder is Tamalpais's greatest poet, and his essay recalling three circumambulatory hikes on the mountain is a highlight of the book. Poems by Rexroth, Snyder and Lew Welch are interspersed throughout, and multiblock color prints by Killion (who collaborated with Snyder on The High Sierra of California) pay homage both to Tamalpais and the Japanese masters of ukiyo-e, who perfected the complicated technique. (May)
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''When the great Japanese artist Hokusai shifted the focus of ukiyo-e painting from the 'floating world' of actors and concubines to the natural majesty of Mt. Fuji, he achieved the flowering of his genius. The natural majesty of the mountain and his skill had become completely fused, producing enchanting results. Something similar occurs in the luminous collaboration of poet Gary Snyder and artist Tom Killion in their new book, Tamalpais Walking. The union of extraordinary graphics and extraordinary language celebrates the lore, history, and geology of the 'serpentine dragon's tooth,' on whose flank I have lived, on and off, for forty years. Mt. Tamalpais must have dreamed these two fine artists as a means of affording itself suitable honors. This book is a triumph of subject and form. Don't miss it.''--Peter Coyote, actor/writer
''Tamalpais Walking...is a joy to hold and behold.''--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
''The large and gorgeous coffee-table book should claim a prominent spot not only in local living rooms but on bookshelves, classrooms, under holiday trees and anywhere those who have hiked, biked, and loved the mountain might be found.''--Pacific Sun
''Tamalpais Walking...is a tribute to the tradition [of circumabulation] and to the local mountain as both graphic and poetic muse.'' --San Francisco MagazineSee all Editorial Reviews
A great book to curl up with in the winter months sitting by the firePublished 5 months ago by Gerard DeNegre
It's a beautiful book, and fascinating. This was a second copy because we wanted to give it as a gift and wouldn't have wanted to give up our own copy!Published on March 4, 2013 by S. Tade