If I had to sum up the American literature tradition, I would probably do so as follows:
A man stands against an outsized landscape, symbolizing the cult of the individual something something.
And who embodies this better than fallible everyman poet John Mayer, man in a cowboy hat and patchwork poncho, plus author of the best bits of this interview?
It is only natural, then, to attempt to view some of the seminal classics of American literature through the lens of Katy Perry's ex, John Mayer.
Onward, paper dolls!