Meet Patric, a fantastic fellow who is a director, a playwright, and a filmmaker, among other things. Currently enrolled in his senior year of high school, he's juggling schoolwork with theatrical events (meaning both stage and screen) and other obligations. He also has some awesome T-shirts.
Here's a little peek into his library:
Books recently read for fun: Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse), I Am Not Myself These Days (Josh Kilman Purcell)
Books recently read for class: Hamlet, King Lear (William Shakespeare), Paradise Lost (John Milton), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Mao (Junot Diaz)
Books you want to read: The Sound and the Fury (love love LOVE Faulkner) and The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
Books you read as a kid: Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie), Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Dodie Smith) -- I'm a Disney kid.
Why you like to read: It's an escape act, I guess. When you find that really good read -- I mean, that one that really grabs you, so that you can't stop reading until you've read the whole thing cover to cover -- and you've realized that you've lived someone's entire lifetime in just an hour and a half, it's staggering. It's fantastic.
Favorite book genres/topics: Fantasy, I'm now getting into a lot of Fantasy Realism in particular. I also like reading fictionalized memoirs (like I Am Not Myself These Days)
Favorite authors: J.M. Barrie, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, William Faulkner, Maiya Williams (and not just 'cause she's my mom) and so many more!
Favorite playwrights and plays: Shakespeare, especially A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Laramie Project (Moisés Kaufman)
Favorite movies: The Dark Knight, Casablanca, Cloud Atlas, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Favorite musicians/music genres: David Bowie, Fun., Janelle Monáe, Lana Del Rey, The Beatles
Anything else you want to say: Tip for the road (literally): Keep Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha in your car. It's a brilliant read, and you can open it up to any page and find a little gem of the deepest insight.