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Issue 1, August 2021

The pieces in this issue were created over the course of late 2020 and early 2021. The theme was: please, do anything you want (i.e. no theme). So, driven by the whims of our genius contributers, this free-for-all first issue of Layabout covers chess, pedophiles, soap, beetles, concrete, Skinny Bitch, texture, perception and compassion. Enjoy!

> Poetry Unity Ecstasy Love

Multimedia artist Aubrielle Hvolboll’s video invites us to grip tightly onto Dr. Bronner’s soft, clean hand and take a step into the feverish void of his soap-making empire.

See more work at her website.

> The Queen’s Gambit: chess as an ideological battleground

In this article, Jack Wareham takes a critical look at Netflix’s hit show, The Queen’s Gambit, and its pop-feminist and anti-Soviet mythmaking.

Read Jack’s work for The Daily Californian and CounterPunch.

> En abyme (In an abyss)

Claire Hannon’s sequence of poetry and prose fragments explores the slippery nature of love, memory and truth(s).

> Architecture Review: The Elrod House

In this piece of short fiction, Evelyn Everlane reflects on her time working for a faux-Italian porn producer with a prediliction for concrete.

> che la mia ferita sia mortale (may all my wounds be fatal) and jazz for your soul

Multidisciplinary artist Hee Joon Youn created two pieces for the exhibition ‘these are a few of my favourite things’, shown Trocadero Art Space in February 2021.

See more work at her website.

> Skin

Photographer and director Caitlin Wong plays with bodies to create a sea of sumptuous textures, begging you to reach out and touch.

See more work at her website.

> Pedophile Hauntology

Dylan Burgoon’s article weds philosophy and online culture to analyse the chilling spectre of the celebrity pedophile.

Read Dylan’s work for The LA Review of Books and CounterPunch.

> Boxes and Lines

Ariel Hoage’s arresting poetry meditates on family, bodies and ageing.