The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a different theme. It all happens every last Wednesday of the 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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Thursday, February 10, 2009

Dear Everyone,

Our reading series debut was pretty awesome and magical. If you were one of the 70+ people in the crowd I thank you, and I love you. If you were not there that may be why you've been feeling a little bit depressed lately. It's just a theory.

The topic was drinking. Together we learned about dolphin ladies, disks of shit, and pubic hair shaved in the shape of Kermit the Frog's collar. Also mentioned: Experimenting with Boone's Farm, sporting a schmata, and a post-fellatio viewing of Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Pretty special.

We had three insightful, charming, and painfully talented readers in Mike Albo, Erin Bradley, and Rosie Schaap, and I hope you will keep yourselves updated on their writing and reading situations. You can hear Rosie reading beautifully on This American Life here (scroll down to "Act Two"), and Erin's regular advice column on Nerve is here. Both Erin and Rosie have books forthcoming from Penguin and Riverhead respectively, and Mike is also always doing something, not the least of which is shopping critically for the New York Times.

Here are some photos from the night. I did not take any pictures. I was too busy being nervous and trying to listen and also finish my drink(s).

Here's me hugging Mike Albo:


And here's me not letting him go:


Here's Erin Bradley presenting "People and Alcohol." I think she might not like this photo, but I think it's great. Because look at the visual aids!


Here's Rosie Schaap snake charming the camera:

I like this crowd shot:


Some more of Erin's visual aids:


So much fun. The End.

Love, Blaise

PS. See you next time!