"I actually want to write a treatise in defence of pretension," he says. "I think the word pretension has become like the word ironic – just this catch–all term to distance people from interesting experiences and cultural engagement and possible embarrassment. Pretension can lead to other things. You know, the first time I read Gravity’s Rainbow, I did so because I thought it would make me seem cool. That was my original motivation. But now I’ve read it six times, and I find it hilarious and great and I understand it. You can’t be afraid to embarrass yourself sometimes."
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
Susong pointed me to this 2010 Guardian article (linked from the Grantland blog entry on the LCD Soundsystem documentary) written by Chuck Klosterman around the time when This Is Happening came out. Among the interesting things contained in the article is that James Murphy was offered a writing job on a sitcom in 1992 but turned it down; 10 years later while rummaging through his old things at his parents house he realized it was actually "Seinfeld" that offered him the job.