Author Jordan Tannahill Is Making Latex Dreams Come True

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When he’s not busy adapting his best-selling novel The Listeners for television, the award-winning, Ottawa-born author, playwright, and master of role play Jordan Tannahill is making latex dreams come true in London’s fetish scene.


INTERVIEW: What did you watch last night?

TANNAHILL: Atlantics, directed by Mati Diop. Fucking incredible.

INTERVIEW: How do you watch?

TANNAHILL: Very carefully.

INTERVIEW: Who are you watching?

TANNAHILL: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Precious Okoyomon, Los Javis, Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris, Dimitris Papaioannou, Wu Tsang, Tosh Basco, Michaela Coel, Jenkin van Zyl, Annie Baker, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Julia Ducournau, Alejandro Landes, Miles Greenberg, Tourmaline, Arca, Young Boy Dancing Group.

INTERVIEW: Who watches you?

TANNAHILL: Mostly the perverts of Instagram and London rave kids.

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INTERVIEW: Who do you stalk?

TANNAHILL: I’ve been pretty obsessed with Derek Jarman for a while. I’ve watched his films, read his diaries, pilgrimaged to his cottage in Dungeness. He’s one of the great patron saints of British faggotry, and I draw continual inspiration from his vast, contrarian imagination. I feel like reading someone’s diaries, and showing up at their doorstep, is stalker behavior.

INTERVIEW: How do you get attention?

TANNAHILL: My preferred way is through my writing. Sometimes it’s through head-to-toe latex.

INTERVIEW: What do you do when no one’s watching?

TANNAHILL: Read Middlemarch in the bath.

INTERVIEW: What kind of porn do you watch and where do you watch it?

TANNAHILL: I’m all about the amateur. My go-to is Twitter. I love POV porn, short clips from darkrooms and cruising grounds, public toilets, bathhouses, sex parties. Fetish scenarios too, of course, like pups and rubber kinksters with slings or personal dungeons in their homes. Just real people having filthy fun. Ripped models and studio porn does nothing for me.

INTERVIEW: Where do you keep your dirty videos?

TANNAHILL: On other people’s Twitter feeds.

INTERVIEW: Are you a voyeur?

TANNAHILL: I’m more of an exhibitionist.

INTERVIEW: Do you get shy on camera?

TANNAHILL: Not when Spyros is shooting.

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INTERVIEW: What do you hate-watch?

TANNAHILL: I hardly have enough time to love-watch.

INTERVIEW: Which show do you watch the most?

TANNAHILL: Whenever my boyfriend and I got vaccinated, and were knocked out for a few days, we watched BBC’s Blue Planet. We just wanted to be among the fish. Now, we’re watching Green Planet, about the inner lives of plants. The flower that blooms for a single day, once every 15 years, after a devastating forest fire. Or the flower that imitates the appearance and pheromones of a female wasp in order to trick male wasps into mating with it and spreading its pollen. This is the kind of queer melodrama to which humans can only aspire.

INTERVIEW: Do you like being watched?

TANNAHILL: By queers, yes. By the government, no.

INTERVIEW: What’s the best movie theater?

TANNAHILL: The Rio in Dalston [in London].

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INTERVIEW: What’s the best streaming service?

TANNAHILL: I’m a Mubi slut.

INTERVIEW: Do you ever feel like you’re being surveilled?

TANNAHILL: It’s not a feeling, it’s a fact.

INTERVIEW: Have you ever made a sex tape?

TANNAHILL: You mean this week?

INTERVIEW: Who do you love?

TANNAHILL: A ginger rent-boy from Birmingham.

INTERVIEW: Who do you follow?

TANNAHILL: I admit, I’m a @on_a_downward_spiralqueen. A few other deep-cut favorites are @malefragility, @boyfriend.dick, and @somatic_based_content_only. @kraupatuskanyzeidleris my favorite gallery on the ’Gram.

INTERVIEW: When was the last time you lied?

TANNAHILL: I pretended I owned a dog while buying a leash from a pet store.

INTERVIEW: What’s the last thing you got in trouble for?

TANNAHILL: When security found £200 of magic mushrooms in my jockstrap. I was packing!


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