There’s a scene in Shut Up and Play The Hits in which James Murphy says he read books like Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow when he was younger to help establish some cool persona. Chuck Klosterman presses him on the idea asking who specifically he was trying to impress in high school reading a book like that.
Now we’ve got a slightly bigger window into Murphy’s literary interests, because Dummy has posted an image of one shelf of his well-worn library. This looks like the Thomas Pynchon, Italo Calvino, William Gaddis and Phillip Roth shelf. In addition to Gravity’s Rainbow, it looks like Murphy has Phillip Roth’s The Plot Against America, Italo Calvino’s Literature and Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 also in rotation. I could see books being a welcome section in his new luggage and coffee shop.