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Alex Gallafent (BBC Radio, PRI's The World) finds his inherently sensible ways are no match for a strange new obsession. Recorded live at "How I Learned I Might Be Obsessed (Vol. II)."
Blaise Allysen Kearsley's How I Learned series features writers, storytellers, comics, and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned or in progress. The How I Learned Series happens once a month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.
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|L to R: TAYLOR NEGRON, ELIOT GLAZER, JACKIE MANCINI, TRACY ROWLAND, BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY|
TAYLOR NEGRON, actor, writer. stand-up comic. (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Aristocrats)
|BRADY DALE, writer, storyteller, and creator of the webcomic Eat The Babies, and the storytelling podcast The World Exists.|
|JESSICA GROSE, author of Sad Desk Salad and columnist for the New York Times blog Motherlode.|
|ELIOT GLAZER, creator of the web series It Gets Betterish and Eliot's Sketchpad, and best friend JACKIE MANCINI, associate editor at Guyspeed and longtime contributor for xoJane.|
|Writer, storyteller and producer / host of How I Learned, BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY|
|TV editor and storyteller (The Moth GrandSLAM, The Liar Show), TRACY ROWLAND|
|KAMBRI CREWS, author of Burn Down The Ground, on smuggling gum in to a prison where her deaf father was incarcerated.|
|Storyteller and writer for the United Nations, ELICIA BERGER waxes off on her awkward excursion to a Buddhist monastery.|
|Here's me in my anniversary tiara saying something that at least KATHERINE LANPHER thinks is funny. That's How I Learned Assistant Producer LYRA SMITH behind me, also in a tiara.|
|Some people in the audience (like that guy in the background) wore bright blue party hats for the anniversary because LYRA asked them to and she was kind of a bully about it. Don't mess with Texas. Or wherever she's from. Nashville, I think.|
|DAVID CRABB, writer, storyteller, co-creator of Ask Me Stories and sometime host of The Moth, tells a true tale he describes as "kind of gothy, Halloweeny." That's what I like to hear. Plus, he brought me flowers, so yeah.|
|Writer and performer TED TRAVELSTEAD talks about a (fake) novel called My Donkey, excerpted from his new book, The Petraeus Files: All the Photos, Chats, Poems, and Other Super-Secret Emails They Don't Want You To See. The book My Donkey is a book for children that's highly inappropriate for children.|
|In honor of How I Learned's 4th anniversary, KATHERINE LANPHER--journalist, broadcaster, author and host extraordinaire--told a story about throwing her parents a party for their 60th wedding anniversary. Committed to the bit, she wore a vintage apron.|
Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a writer and storyteller, as well as the creator, producer and host of the How I Learned series, and she also does some other stuff, too. She's appeared on The Rejection Show, The Liar Show, The Soundtrack Series, Real Characters, The Story Collider, Steamboat, Mortified, Cringe, Literary Death Match and elsewhere. Her writing has been published in The Nervous Breakdown, Vice Magazine, a couple of anthologies, and several other places a long time ago that are perhaps not worth mentioning by name. One time, she was awarded a writing residency in Vermont where she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. Visit her at your own risk at www.bazima.com
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