David Audet, director of the Artists and Writers Group and special projects manager for Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City Campus, is known for such projects as Deep Carnivale, a literary festival held in September, and the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, which will be held for the ninth time in April.
What is on your nightstand?
I've got two books. The first is You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories That Held Them in Awe, (edited) by Ron Hansen. I've had it for a while, but the other night at an open mike event I pulled it out to read one of the short stories from it. I read The School by Donald Barthelme, the writer from the New Yorker. I don't want to give away the story, but since I teach kids, the story resonated. And I've also got a great book by John Leland. It's Hip: The History.
My teenager thinks he's so much hipper than me. Should he read it?
Everybody should read this book, and yes, he should, but you better read it first, just to make sure it doesn't contain any . . . stuff you don't want him to read. But, Leland really lays out and defines what hip is and what it means in our society.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer