May 24, 2006

Pious, Richard Silver_nugget
Crisis of Authority (FY Seminar)

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This man is a genius.

Choosing first year seminars was easy; this was the only one was of any interest to me. Unfortunately, the three months between then and the time the semester began, I had become thoroughly apathetic to political science. But I soon realized that that was not what this class was about. Sure we did read Plato, Machevelli, Orwell's 1984, and a good many other political commentaries, but that was not Pious' main interest. He wanted us, a group of 15 ambitious, but timid young women, to become writers. Forcing us to abandon the methods we had all learned in high school; he taught us that writing had to be something more. Using the New Yorker are Bible, we learned to how to captivate our readers, make are writing interesting down to the last period, and argue til we win the war. That is what this class is about. And I could not be more greatful; this man has taught me everything.

And as intimidating as he might be, he really is a nice guy who loves to ignite the class in deep, meaningful discussions, and to regale us with tales of his life and all the amazing connections he has made. Pious is a God.


A fair amount of reading, four 6-8 page papers using readings, and four short, ungraded reviews of reviews from different periodicals such as the New York Book of Reviews and the Atlantic Monthly. Keep in mind that he will read the introductions of each paper aloud to the class and expects criticism. While he keeps their anonymity, it is not easy to endure the first time around.