There's an article in today's LA Times (Feb 14) on David:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/02/countdown-to-redemption-island-meet-david-murphy.html
He admits he never watched an episode of Survivor until he was chosen to be on the show, then he watched 11 seasons in six weeks to prepare himself. LA Times
The young and single lawyer said his friends and family weren’t really surprised that he was doing a reality show, although they were surprised that it was “Survivor,” but he hasn’t heard any negative feedback.
“It’s not something I’d do. … I don’t really like camping or sleeping on the floor,” he said. “It’s so far removed from my life.”
In addition to a “fairly strict” diet and a private trainer, Murphy read “The Art of War” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” for preparation before departing for the shores of Nicaragua.