Monday, April 30, 2007

Orville Schell and important books

In the May 7, 2007, edition of Newsweek, Orville Schell, dean of the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley, responded to some questions about important books:
An Important Book you haven't gotten around to reading:

Any excellent new book that helps assess the challenges of global climate change ... even if it's by Al Gore.

The book you most care about having children read:

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino. My kids would not tolerate anything like Grimm's fairy tales; they were too dark and depressing. But there was something playful about the Italian fairy tales that they adored.
Schell also named his five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue