A Life In Books: Orville Schell

He had chosen the plays of Euripides, but following the tragic death of his friend David Halberstam, Orville Schell, dean of the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley, amended his list to include one of his colleague's 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.