continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 1.4 / 2011: 229

Letter from the Editors

Jamie Allen, Nico Jenkins, Paul Boshears

continent. 1.4 (2011): 229.

We here at continent. gratefully share with you the fourth issue of our first volume. As 2011 draws to a close, we've finished up our first of what promises to be many years building and collecting manifestations of thought in its many forms.

Guiding our thinking in this issue is the term arête. A thin sharp line, a lateral peak which separates valleys, ribs of sifted rock made mounds. With one stutter, the term becomes areté, a form of virtue, of goodness. Another stuttering, and we hear the French arreter—to stop. All of our stuttering is perhaps a form of nervous anticipation; a call for rest as well as an echo for change. For this December issue, we've drawn out these stutters: the solid fluidity of geology; the virtuous skill of craft; the possibility of a repose. Among many other givings in continent.1.4, we bring you Alain Badiou's hopes for negation through his interview with John Van Houdt, and John A. Sweeney's veiling and unveiling of politics in the pit-stops of urban space.

With the new year we will be expanding the platform upon which continent. performs itself, both online as well as through the printed object. We remain profoundly thankful to our readership and to our contributors. Best wishes into 2012.

Jamie Allen, Paul Boshears, Nico Jenkins