Luke Wilson May Singlehandedly Save Books, Newspapers and CDs

The Skeleton Twins star still shuns digital in favor of traditional media


Who Luke Wilson

Age 42

Accomplishments Co-stars in The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (in theaters Sept. 12); writer and co-director (with brother Andrew Wilson) of the short film Satellite Beach

Base Los Angeles

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

I get The New York Times and the L.A. Times every day, hard copies. I don’t have a Kindle or anything like that. I’m in New York right now, and there’s a Barnes & Noble on Sixth Avenue I used to go to that’s gone now, and the St. Mark’s Bookshop has been moved and is significantly smaller. I feel like a wanted man.

Do you have an iPad?

I have one, but I haven’t learned to use it yet. That’s one of my goals. I’ve still got a BlackBerry. Actually, my brother Owen was talking to me about switching to the iPhone because it’s so much better, but he was talking about it like it’s almost like a relationship, saying, “You can’t have both at the same time! Get rid of the BlackBerry and make the commitment to the iPhone!” I haven’t done that yet, but I will.

What do you watch on TV?

I love Jonah From Tonga on HBO. It’s a spinoff from Summer Heights High, which I thought was incredible. Chris Lilley seems to me like a sort of Peter Sellers comedic powerhouse. The show reminds me of Eastbound and Down in that there’s nothing in it that’s not funny.

What’s on your reading list?

I’m reading a pretty great book right now called Defiant about POWs in Vietnam, mainly at what they call the Hanoi Hilton. I’ve also got the new biography of John Updike, which I’ll probably move on to next. I try and make myself read fiction; it’s just kind of hard to do. But I always remember reading that Warren Zevon liked this noir detective writer named Ross Macdonald, so I found a couple of his books and I’m going to give those a shot. I figure if it’s good enough for Warren Zevon, it’s good enough for me.

Any magazines?

Probably my favorites are these British music magazines. There’s one called Mojo that’s really incredible, and another called Uncut that covers music and movies. Those are really great magazines with good, long interviews and reviews of albums that I would never know about. I also read Rolling Stone, Time, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and occasionally magazines like Men’s Journal or Outdoors.

How do you get your music?

I still buy CDs. I had a girlfriend set up an iPod, which I’ve got to buckle down and start using. One great thing about being here in New York is there are still some smaller record stores with very rare stuff, like this place called Generation Records on Thompson Street.

What have you been listening to lately?

I got that new tribute to JJ Cale with Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. And I just always listen to a lot of Dylan. He released three Christian albums in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s that have some great songs on them. I always just got a kick out of a guy like that totally changing course. He’d have some real fire and brimstone speeches at his concerts, but there are some really beautiful, moving songs.