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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.

Layabout is produced on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to its traditional custodians, sovereignty was never ceded.