continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 1.1 / 2011
Note from the Editors
Paul Boshears, Jamie Allen, Nico Jenkins

It is with great delight that we share with you this first issue of continent. which is the product of tremendous talent and good cheer from our collaborators and supporters.

Mad Speculation and Absolute Inhumanism: Lovecraft, Ligotti, and the Weirding of Philosophy
Ben Woodard
Ben Woodard pursues the eldritch speculative metaphysics that underwrites the supernatural horror of H.P. Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti. With this misanthropocentric trajectory, correlationism is served notice. Exemplifying Deleuze's claim that writing is inseparable from becoming, weird fiction makes no claims to represent reality.
Rainer Ganahl's S/L.
Františka + Tim Gilman
In this photoessay and interview with Rainer Ganahl, we consider the relationship between image and thought as well as knowledge and power. In attending to these lectures (Žižek, Agamben, among others) Ganahl grasps their thinking and documents the images these intellectuals project. Conceptualizing an intellectual life of the past fifteen years and depicting the structural relationships that select and occlude or give pretext to sharing this knowledge.
Money as Media: Gilson Schwartz on the Semiotics of Digital Currency
Renata Lemos-Morais
In this interview the former Chief Economist of BankBoston,Brazil turned Media Theorist discusses the social currencies that have contributed to the stabilization of the Brazilian economy. Because money is media and credit is mediated confidence, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking structures present the opportunity to transform our economic relationships.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind. On Guy Schofield's "Sleepers"
Jamie Allen
Ian Bogost in his "What Is Object-Oriented Ontology?" attempts to develop an elevator pitch for his thinking on the poetics of video games. While perhaps still incomplete, Bogost holds that OOO would start with the assumption that all things exist equally and the task at hand is to understand the relationships all things have to one another. Guy Schofield's video "Sleepers" is perhaps the result when 3D renders dream.
On Love and Poetry. Or, Where Philosophers Fear to Tread
Jeremy Fernando

Plato warns us, in his Republic, about poets and goes so far as to suggest that they be cast out from the city lest their affective capacities be too great and lead the ideal citizens astray. Drawing on and in concert with Avital Ronell, Fernando calls out to Plato through his intermediary Georges Bataille and asks “What's Love Got to Do with It?”

Where's Omar? Where Is Justice?
Tara Atluri
Omar Khadr, only fifteen years old when he was apprehended in Afghanistan as an “enemy combatant,” has spent the last eight years of his life captive in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by the military of the United States. Tara Atluri outlines the thematic problems to Khadr's situation as a child warrior but also as a noncitizen by virtue of the historic orientalizing of Muslim bodies since, at least, Max Weber.
THIS IS NICE OF YOU. Introduction by Ben Segal
Gary Lutz
Shannon Elderon announced the reissue of Gary Lutz's I Was Alive (fall, 2010 by The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions) as one of the most exciting publishing events of the season. Through the kind permission of the author we present the original version of his torqued short story available online for the first time. The richness of Lutz's work isn't hidden in symbolism but on the surface of the page.
The Poetry of Adam Staley Groves. Introduction by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
A. Staley Groves
Staged on the Bosphorous, separating Europe from Asia, presented here are selections from the forthcoming Poetry Vocare (2011, Uitgeverij). Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei states that A. Staley Groves belongs to that line of poets hailed by Wallace Stevens that provide the “unofficial view of being.”
The Gravity of Pure Forces
Nico Jenkins

A little something about nothing: an opening “salvo” of sorts into the thinking of language in the work of Martin Heidegger. Deploying Heidegger’s views on two poets—Georg Trakl and Stefan George—creates an inroad to his view of language as language. Thus we attempt to clear the way towards a philosophy in which the name enframing the thing is somehow removed, allowing the object to abide without subject.