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No man is an island, but perhaps a book can be. Or even, as the new series Isolarii suggests, part of an entire archipelago of publications. Popular during the Renaissance, isolarii were “island books,” portable travelogues of sorts replete with maps that provided a sense of orientation as well as perspective. It’s a genre that editors Sebastian Clark and India Ennenga are reviving and reinventing by commissioning work from leading thinkers who explore “radical acts of preservation,” with a new isle released every two months. 

It’s fitting that, for their inaugural pocket-sized publication, Salmon — A Red Herring, they looked to another island, one where the population of salmon is almost 1,600 times that of its human...

Cooking Sections’ New Book Explores the Artificial Nature of Salmon — the Fish and the Colour

For the inaugural publication of the Isolarii series, Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe weave a chromatic tale from the Isle of Sky to red snow in Russia.

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