Magic Mountain

Courtesy Heyday Books

Nothing attracts artists like nature. Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints (Heyday Books, $50) by artist Tom Killion, PhD ’85, and poet Gary Snyder illustrates in 133 pages and almost as many perspectives why this is so. The text ambles through poetry, personal anecdote and regional history about Mount Tamalpais and 60 Killion woodcuts. Both authors look at the context of place—neighboring the Pacific Ocean and Muir Woods, and overlooking the Golden Gate, Richmond prisons and an oil refinery—to explore what Mount Tam has meant to indigenous Miwoks, German union workers at the turn of the century, Beat poets and trail walkers.