The 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.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

And Then This Happened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

THIS is awesome. ...Even though I have a Lou Ferrigno-size neck vein I never knew about. Thank you, Time Out!

Hope to see you at this month's How I Learned where we will be talking about, you know, life or whatever.

Maybe after the show you can come over and we'll have a My So-Called Life marathon. (I always wanted to be Angela, but I realize I'm more of a Rayanne. I'm coming to terms with it.)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

HOW I LEARNED WHAT LIFE IS LIKE

LIFE! It's kind of a big subject. Let's talk about it. What's it like? Did anyone tell you there would be days like these? What would Johnny Weir do? How about Captain Kangaroo? Obviously, you don't want to miss this show because it could completely change your entire life. But you don't know. Because life is like that. Also, the lineup is pretty killer. Can't wait to see you...

The How I Learned Series presents:
HOW I LEARNED WHAT LIFE IS LIKE

Featuring:
STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK
(The Story of Forgetting)
JULIE KLAUSNER
(I Don't Care About Your Band)
DANIEL NESTER
(How to Be Inappropriate)
JUSTIN TAYLOR
(
Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever)

Hosted by BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, March 24th
8:00PM (Doors open at 7:00)
FREE
at HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street
between Forsyth & Eldridge
(It's the pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club")
(212) 334-9676
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand
Get directions

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STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK was born in 1982 and grew up in Plano, Texas. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. His first novel, The Story of Forgetting, was released in 2008. His second novel, a semi-fictional account of time his grandfather spent at McLean Mental Hospital in the 1960s, will be released in 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.

JULIE KLAUSNER is a comedy writer and performer whose first book, I Don't Care About Your Band, from Gotham Books, was released in February of 2010. She's appeared in many shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and on VH1’s Best Week Ever, where she was also a staff writer. She has written for Saturday Night Live’s "TV Funhouse" and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and her prose has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s, Salon, Videogum, and others. Her website, predictably, is www.julieklausner.com.

DANIEL NESTER
is the author of How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction, and two books on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His writing has appeared in places like The Morning News, The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, McSweeney's, and Bookslut, and collected in places like Lost and Found, Best American Poetry, and Best Creative Nonfiction. He works at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches this subject called creative nonfiction, the definition for which he has to explain more often than he would like.

JUSTIN TAYLOR is the author of the story collection Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, a New York Times Editors' Choice. He is also the co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, an arts annual. He blogs for HTMLGiant.com and his own website is justindtaylor.net.

How I Learned is Going to NEW ORLEANS! (But We're Coming Right Back)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

So if you were at the last show you were one of the very first people (after my boyfriend, my uncle, my closest friend Sarah, some people I had dinner with back in October and maybe just a handful of others) to find out that the How I Learned series is going to New Orleans on March 26th and 27th!

The entire lineup, the whole setup -- produced by my friend Richard Read -- is kind of blowing my mind and I am wildly excited. And, seriously, tickets are $21! IT'S THAT SPECIAL!

Writers from New Orleans and New York team up to explain

HOW I LEARNED ABOUT SEX

March 26 and 27, 2010 at 8pm • Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Avenue

NEW ORLEANS, LA — An ensemble of seven New Orleans authors and performers join New York writer Blaise Allysen Kearsley for a hilarious, outrageous, touching evening of literature and music, HOW I LEARNED ABOUT SEX. From childhood stories of curiosity to adult tales of lovemaking gone very, very awry, audiences will reel through eight tales told from eight very different perspectives — male, female, straight, gay, young, and...less young. It’s blue enough to please the prurient, but silly enough for the straightlaced, too.

HOW I LEARNED ABOUT SEX runs for two nights only: Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, 2010 at 8pm at Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Friday night’s performance will be a fundraiser for the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon. For tickets to Friday’s show only, please call 504 525 4498 or visit www.MysticKreweOfSatyricon.com. For tickets to Saturday night’s show, please call Le Chat Noir at 504 581 5812, or visit www.CabaretLeChatNoir.com. Tickets are $21.

READER BIOS

BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY (www.bazima.com) is the creator, producer and host of the popular monthly HOW I LEARNED series in New York City (www.howilearnedathappyending.blogspot.com). She is also a memoir and fiction writer, a veteran blogger, a photographer, and she does some other stuff too. She has appeared at PS 122, Bowery Poetry Club and Collective Unconscious, as well as in the shows Mortified, Cringe and Literary Death Match. Her writing has been published in Nerve, Vice, The Black Table, and other publications perhaps not worth mentioning. In late 2009, she was awarded a writing fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center where she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. She loves New Orleans. She lives in Brooklyn. For now.

BRICK BISHOP is an artist, performer and author of the blog "Bon-bons of Impertinence". As a self appointed twenty first century saint and dystopian superhero he has been described by mothers and nuns nationwide as as "The one that I warned you about." When not organizing impromptu operas featuring his collection of stuffed toys, "gently used" weapons, and various boudoir furniture in supporting roles, Brick saunters merrily through Bohemia, scandalizing the glitterati and generally having far more fun than is allowed in at least 30 states.

KEN FOSTER’s work has appeared in The Believer, McSweeney's, Bomb, The New York Times Book Review, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and other publications. A collection of his short stories, titled The Kind I'm Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has also been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, the Sewanee Writers Conference, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference. He has edited two anthologies — The KGB Bar Reader and Dog Culture — as well as a special issue of the Mississippi Review. His latest book is Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found. He lives in New Orleans with his three dogs, Brando, Zephyr and Sula.

COLLEEN KANE is a writer and a former editor for Bust and Playgirl magazines. She writes for publications like Spin, Penthouse, and Vice, and her essays appear in online markets like Radar and The Frisky. She's blogged for Plenty magazine, Nerve, and elsewhere. Colleen read teen diary excerpts in the Mortified series in New York City and contributed to the book Mortified: Love is a Battlefield. Her urbex blog www.AbandonedBatonRouge.com has been featured on NPR. As she prepares to move back to Brooklyn after 34 months in Baton Rouge, she's writing a book in need of a publisher. Just you wait. www.ColleenKane.com

JACK LONG is a playwright, blogger, and actor based in New Orleans. He has been lauded and laughed at (in a good way) for co-writing and co-starring in numerous productions, including Carrie’s Facts of Life and the Big Easy Award-nominated comedy, The Titanic Adventures of the Love Boat Poseidon, which featured an underwater ballet the likes of which haven’t been seen on stage since Ziegfield was alive. Current projects include a radio play adaptation of Alien and converting Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca into a rip-roaring comedy. Neither is quite as complicated as it sounds.

CAMPBELL ROBERTSON is a reporter for The New York Times based in New Orleans, which is an amalgam of all his previous beats at the paper: Iraq (where it's hot), theater (where people dress in outlandish costumes) and the party and gossip column (where everybody is on his or her third drink). He also on occasion has drawn comics for the paper in an effort to contribute to the gradual degradation of our national discourse.

DORIAN RUSH is a musician, actress, and playwright who has over 1200 performances under her belt. Most recently, she received a Big Easy award for her performance as Edith Sussman in Running With Scissors’ production of Die! Mommy! Die!, and she has been nominated for two more this year — one for best actress for her turn in Silent Night of the Lambs, and one for best cabaret performance in Livin’ Janis, which she wrote.

HUGH RYAN is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Nerve, The Daily Beast, The Advocate, NPR's Morning Edition, and other places. When not teaching his mother to curse, he can generally be found practicing acrobatics in the park or plotting wild travel schemes. Stalk him online at www.hughryan.org.