James Murphy never hid the fact that as a young man he once harbored literary aspirations, nor has he covered up his own hyper-awareness of the aesthetic capital one gains by having certain tastes (in fact he’s pretty much built his whole career around it). So if you’re someone who’s followed the LCD Soundsystem frontman’s career it might be interesting to see just what exactly it is he reads.
Dummy today turned up a picture of Murphy’s library. It’s more or less what you’d expect; the only shelf we get a clear view of has a bunch of Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon (dude even bought more than one companion text to help himself wade through all that Pynchon), William Gaddis and Italo Calvino. You can’t really make out the second shelf too well, but you can still see some E.M. Forster and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. What do you think are the chances that he put all the postmodern stuff on one shelf just for that picture? Low, probably. The guy who wrote “Losing My Edge” would definitely make sure that all the ambitious novelistic experiments on their own special PoMo shelf.