continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 3.1 / 2013
Letter from the Editors
The Editors
With grateful hearts we offer this, the first issue of our third volume. The result of months of back-breaking thinking, emailing, looking, clicking, watching, writing and reading, our new issue is here. The editors could not have done this without your support. We welcome your materials for our future issues as well as your continued contributions.
The Media Have Become Superfluous
Siegfried Zielinski
In a world where media exist in superabundance, media theorist Siegfried Zielinski argues for an increased sensitivity to 'deep-time' orientations towards understanding the past not "as a collection of retrievable facts, but as a collection of possibilities" and renewed investment in the value of criticisms that exist on the periphery, not in the center, of established discourses, fashions, and orders. 
Ever Since the World Began: A Reading & Interview with Masha Tupitsyn
Masha Tupitsyn, the editors
Writer and cultural critic Masha Tupitsyn is interviewed on her audio recording of her reading Ever Since This World Began, produced specially for this issue of continent. and adapted from her recently published Love Dog (Success and Failure) out from Penny-Ante Editions.
Failure to Fail
Samuel Vriezen
Between pessimism and optimism, Samuel Vriezen attempts to intuit a third way through an assessment of failure and negativity in the consonances and tensions between the prosody of Irish playwright Samuel Becekett and American poet Gertrude Stein.
Readymades in the Social Sphere: an Interview with Daniel Peltz
Feliz Molina
Regular continent. contributor Feliz Lucia Molina interviews the artist Daniel Peltz about his conceptual, performance, and video-based 'insertions' and the details of an ongoing body of work concieved "as explorations and expansions of social possibility".
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Jane Lake, Hugo the Wolf
Can a duet between music and image be a written essay?  Collaborators Jane Lake and Hugo the Wolf explore this premise through sight, sound, and text in an essay, an attempt, a temptation on "repetition, memory, rhythm, and marks made by the passage of time."
Grande Sertão: Veredas by João Guimarães Rosa
Felipe W.Martinez, Nancy Fumero, Ben Segal
"What is a translation that stalls comprehension?" asks Nancy Fumero in her introduction to Felipe W. Martinez' English-language renditions of João Guimarães Rosa's Portuguese poetics. In these translations (presented alongside the Portuguese originals) Fumero argues that we encounter "a new form of translation that risks everything in order to encounter the same treacherous knowing Rosa had traversed."
What is a Compendium? Parataxis, Hypotaxis, and the Question of the Book
Maxwell Stephen Kennel

Through his analyses of figures such as parataxis, hypotaxis, compilation, and selection — and a reading of Derrida on Jabès, specifically — Maxwell Kennel plots a reminder — for all of those concerned with fragmentary or hierarchical writing — of the importance of the figure of the Compendium and the figure of the Book as indispensible metonymies for grand theories of anything.

Reviewing Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games
Simon Ferrari, Ian Bogost
Wherein Ian Bogost and Simon Ferrari review Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter's 2009 title, Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press).