And Lead Us Not
A comic novel about Wally Zeringue, a high school dropout who becomes President of the United States.
This latest work from David Pierson is about Wally Zeringue, a rags-to-riches high school dropout who ascends, surprisingly, accidentally, to the highest office in the land.
There is a problem, however. Wally Zeringue has enemies in low places. One in particular is Dan Bitterman, a former classmate who is now a reporter for the President’s hometown weekly newspaper. Using secret informants, Dan uncovers dirt on the new President.
As our businessman-turned-President implements radical changes in the way the country conducts its business, the nation’s intelligentsia (following the lead of Dan Bitterman) join in for the kill. . . read more
David is the author of two popular books, Bayou Da Vinci and, most recently, And Lead Us Not. A Louisiana native, Mr. Pierson labored for many years as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor before returning to the classroom as a high school English teacher.
An experienced public speaker who has been interviewed countless times on television, radio and in print — he prefers being “on stage” every day in the classroom, telling stories to his students.
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Author David Pierson offers listeners a humorous glimpse into the many minds of his imaginary friends. He and they touch on everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, from education, politics, and culture to religion. Listen here to a funny, insightful original thinker. New episodes are available to stream or download via these and other podcast apps every Tuesday and Thursday.
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“My Yesterdays” are true stories — my true stories. Most of them are humorous but some are deeply moving. The second category, “For Your Consideration,” will highlight interesting items that will have people at the office water cooler talking about something other than politics and football. My third category, “Ruminations,” will introduce original ideas and theories.
Did you know that before 1752 New Year’s Day in England and its colonies was March 25th, not January 1st?
Did you know the phrase “Who Dat” was first used by Herman Melville in his 1851 novel “Moby-Dick?”
When I was twelve, we moved from California to Louisiana. In California, I played baseball. I lived baseball. But in Louisiana there was no baseball.
When I walk, my head is down, and I scour the ground for nickels, dimes and quarters. It’s a poor boy habit I developed when I was twelve, but that tendency to look down before I…
With my title — “Jesus Lied” — many Christians will probably presume this is yet another attack on their religious beliefs, while non-Christians will think this affirms what they already believe — that Jesus, if there…
When I was in high school, I knew a boy who went by the nickname “Bwana” because he loved outdoor critters. He used to keep a pet snake, and every morning some of us boys would…
When a company tries to sell at full price, a diluted version of its own product customers tend to react strongly. Sometimes even petitioning their elected representatives to exert regulatory pressure on the company.
This is, I guess, a confession of sorts about the role I played in last century’s video game fad. The years in question were 1978-1981.
Did you know it was Galileo (1564-1642) who first figured out the percentages for each roll of the dice?
Bleach. The smell of bleach and pine. A lot of what I do in the classroom, when it’s not grammar, when it’s not composition, is intuitive.
People spend most of their waking moments staring at their boxes. That is, their TV’s, and when they venture forth, they fixed their eyes and even smaller rectangular boxes. Their electronic devices.
Did you know George Washington was born on February 11, 1732, and February 22, 1732?
There’s more to “Green Eggs and Ham” than is dreamt of in your philosophy.
Thank you for your service. The Federal Government reinstated its draft lottery during my senior year in college.
How do you lose an election to a dead man? Did you know that the longest-serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives Donald Young of Alaska lost a congressional election to a dead man?
Did you know the stolen base originated because someone questioned authority?
Did you know baseball stadiums used to be constructed so that the pitcher was pitching from east to west.
Did you know the first time Major League Baseball committed the unforgivable sin of starting a baseball season in March (instead of April, as the baseball gods had always decreed it)
Did you know there was a “priest’s hole” in many an old English manor house so that outlaw priests could escape undetected when the authorities came in search of them?
After college, I was drafted into the U.S. Army. This was during the Vietnam War. Instead of being sent to Vietnam, however, I ended up in Germany as an army postal clerk.
I went to a Catholic seminary for high school. It was a boarding school, and there were only three times each year that we could go home — Christmas, spring break and summer vacation. Other than…
Did God create man in God’s image? Or did man create his gods in man’s image?
It is humbling when a man cannot protect his wife and home from an invading menace that’s smaller than a poodle. It was a hot August night when I learned I did not measure up to…
In my novel And Lead Us Not, President Wally Zeringue proposes many provocative policies, among them, that members of Congress be housed in barracks.
You have probably seen aerial pictures of crop circles, strange patterns in wheat fields that appear to be deliberately made. No one knows who or what made them, though many educated people, like me, have jumped…
Did you know there was one year that was longer than all the others in recorded history? It’s true. The year was 46 B.C., and it was 445 days long!
Last season I produced a handful of podcasts (“pilot episodes,” I called them) under the name of Bayou-Picayune. With this, the start of my second season, I plan on featuring a Bayou-Picayune podcast every Tuesday and…
Horatio, I simply don’t agree with you. In this case, I happen to agree with Shakespeare when he said, “There’s more to heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
I suppose I should come clean about Dan Bitterman, the main character in my novel, And Lead Us Not. If you’ve read And Lead Us Not, you’ve already discovered that Dan is a fool. A reporter…
Lots of people have asked me recently: What word or words would I use to describe myself? a writer? a southern writer? a humorist? a satirist? a social critic?
Right now you’re probably asking yourself: “Why Bayou Picayune? Why would David Pierson call his podcast channel Bayou Picayune? After all, his first book was Bayou Da Vinci.”
Readers of Bayou Da Vinci (who have been among the first to read my follow-up novel, And Lead Us Not) tell me that I’m a wonderful storyteller, that success must have come very easily to someone…
People are always asking me when I first decided to be a writer. That’s really not the question to ask. It wasn’t a choice, at least for me. It’s always been who I am.