No wonder PTA fans also like Radiohead and Pynchon
All of them offer shallow works that try to come off as profound and complex through marketing and stylistic gimmicks.
Witness Ryan Kearney's review of Radiohead entitled "The Radiohead Racket":
In its aggregation of Billboard’s story, the Independent lamented, “So, as is always the way with Radiohead, the mystery continues.”
Does it? Yorke’s lyrics are not unlike Radiohead’s marketing strategy: optimized to cultivate mystery. Fans, critics, and even academics, spellbound by the band’s music, have taken the bait and delivered one overwrought interpretation after another. You might describe this phenomenon with a word commonly employed in Radiohead reviews: groupthink. But this is less the fault of the interpreter than the composer. Thom Yorke is the most overrated lyricist in music today.
Sound familiar? Witness the ridiculous parsing of such hollow and vapid works like The Master, Their Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice.
Artistic frauds and their fans tend to gravitate towards each other. A bunch of adolescents who have nothing profound to say, so they merely adopt the surface posturing of profundity through narrative vagueness - knowing that their fanbase will eat it all up like the lapdogs that they are.
In the words of The Sideburn Guys: "Paul Thomas Anderson directs a Radiohead video? That's a double cock-punch of overrated douchebaggery."