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.



The Game of Life

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Hello! Happy springtime! Oh, man--March madness indeed. It was a big month for How I Learned. HIL had a great feature article in Time Out, a stellar monthly reading at Happy Ending, and two back-to-back shows in the fine city of New Orleans. Amazing. Unbelievable. So fun. I am tired. Here are some pictures from last month's New York show, How I Learned What Life is Like.

PLUS: New Orleans photos coming up. AND details for this month's reading, back again at Happy Ending, coming soon...


 GIVEAWAYS! Man, I thought my John Hughes trivia questions were going to be easy. I am now officially self-conscious about how many details I've memorized from Sixteen Candles. (But in my own defense I seriously could have been the oldest person in the room.)

DANIEL NESTER with a pretty lady named Kristin. Dan is the author of, among other things, How to Be Inappropriate, which is a very important book for navigating through life's wilderness. Dan read a version of this story about dog turds in Williamsburg and a few other things having to do with, you know, life.

I love this woman. JULIE KLAUSNER, fresh from dental trauma, read a hilarious true tale of a one-night-stand with a PYT who sap-tapped her for maple syrup. That's a Klausner euphemism. Read the story your own fine self in Julie's new book, I Don't Care About Your Band.


This is JUSTIN TAYLOR. He is a great short story writer and everybody's talking about it. Sixteen Candles was totally lost on him, though. I think he was born pretty recently. STILL! His debut, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, is pretty stunning.

STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK, author of The Story of Forgetting, shared a beautiful, transportive, personal story about a boy and his coyote. It's okay to swoon.

Thanks to Jon Boulier for the photos.