Mr. Brown is by far the best teacher I had at Rice. I had him for College Writing and A.P. English Literature. I've applied almost everything he's taught me either in college or in the way I comport myself. My advice is that you do the assigned reading every day- it'll make class a lot more interesting and you'll get a lot more out of it. Don't be intimidated by how knowledgeable he is; he's there to teach you.
A great teacher!! He is one of the best at Rice, and he is a lot of fun to be around!! He may look intimidating, but he really isn't that scary!