On Twitter, I will first read anything recommended in my timeline, which gives an amazing sweep of what’s going on. So I’ll read anything from The Times of London to an article recommended in The London Review of Books. I found myself reading something earlier this week in U.S. GQ by Jon Ronson, which was another brilliant feature, a beautifully-written, in-depth look at three hoarders. I found it fascinating.
Throughout the day I’m often on Twitter, usually on my phone, and as a writer, I’m at my computer most of the time. I have a rolling program of things I want to read, so while I’m looking at Twitter I’ll also be reading the big papers like The New York Times, The Telegraph and The Times of London, obviously because that’s part of my job. I like to do The Guardian and The Daily Mail in tandem, because they’re two sides of the same coin. I'll also read the tabloids, and at the moment I’m reading The Daily Mail, but The Sunday People is also quite good and often has a lot of interesting, unexpected stories. So I will read that, you know, semi-ironically.
Then I try to roam as wide as I possibly can. For example, I might find myself reading "Lunch with the FT," which is a brilliant profile slot, or something in Forbes magazine. I very much enjoy long articles from The London Review of Books, and I read a brilliant one about two months ago by Richard Lloyd Parry about the tsunami in 2004. I also read all the big magazines over here, from Grazia to Vogue to Porter magazine to Private Eye, which is a total must-read. I don’t subscribe to any email newsletters or RSS feeds; I try not to get too many of those. I don’t do any podcasts as I prefer to read rather than listen. I work at home mostly, and I go into the office very occasionally. But if I am on the Tube, which is quite often, I’ll pick up the Evening Standard if it’s discarded on one of the seats, absolutely. It’s an excellent read and it’s got a lot of really important articles.
A big part of my job is reading about films and keeping up to date with what’s going on, so I’ll read Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which is particularly brilliant around the Oscars as they give brilliant coverage of the voting and insider tips and tricks as to what is going on. If The New Yorker has covered a film in a significant way, then I will read up on that; like the piece that Tad Friend did about three weeks ago on Noah. I’ll keep up with all of that and I absolutely love reading up on the Hollywood movie news and the new films that are coming out. As soon as all the new trailers come out, I obviously will hoover all of those up, too. I don’t tend to read film reviews. Instead, what I like to do is get the raw information, then go and see the film myself. If there’s an important feature about the film, which tells me more about how the film was made, or what angle somebody was taking on a film, then I’ll read that. But I’ll read other people’s reviews after I write my own review.