Information Diet: Eddie Kaye Thomas

The 'How to Make It in America' star makes time for Franzen and 'Louie'—even if he can’t keep it classy enough for the BBC

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

My email, and there usually isn’t much there. Just a lot of advertisements and things I don’t need.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

It changes a lot. I just started trying to be classy and listening to the BBC in the morning, and that lasted about two weeks. Other than that, I’m a bit of an Internet slut with The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?

I’ve been working on The New York Times crossword puzzle on the subway. I can make it until about Wednesday. And over the summer, somebody loaded my iPad with about 75 books, so I just finished Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, and now I’m racing through Revolutionary Road. It’s uplifting stuff.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I’ve been lucky enough to be too busy for TV because if I’m not, I’ll get stuck in front of it.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?

I raced through Game of Thrones a few weeks ago. The hurricane helped me with that. Lately I’ve been watching shows on my new computer—I haven’t watched regular cable except for sports in a while. If I have the TV on, it’s either a Mets game or SportsCenter.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been watching an episode or two of Louie before I go to sleep—I think it’s the most amazing thing I’ve seen on TV in a while. Or I’ll try to read.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

I read a lot of news online, but I like buying a paper because I’ll read an article I wouldn’t normally read. And more often than not, the articles that you don’t expect to care about are the ones that grab you.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

GarageBand on the iPad is really amazing. It’s scary how anyone can make a brilliant song on there.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

I am a Facebook voyeur. I feel bad about it because I never put anything on there, but I find it fun to sit there and watch peoples’ lives go by. Or whatever lives they’re presenting.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

When you have an iPad and 75 books on it, it’s so easy to go, “I’m bored, I’m just going to read something else.” I like to challenge myself and say, “No, stick with it.” I think it’s my own responsibility not to get sucked into all the distractions. When we hop around, we miss so many beautiful details.