Since 2009, How I Learned has featured some of the best live storytelling, reading, and comedy in New York. It all happens every month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you'll have the best night of you life on those nights, repeatedly.

UP NEXT: How I Learned It's Basically All My Parents' Fault

Yes--lock up your parents and hide the key for May's installment of How I Learned. Or - screw it - bring your parents to the show. All bets are off, bitches! And nobody's going to get grounded. Let's get fresh and blame it on them. This one's going to be a doozy (i.e., THE TIME OF OUR LIVES)! Holy shit, I'm excited.

Hope to see you there!
xoxo Blaise

The How I Learned Series Inevitably Presents:


(The Moth)
(Blue Boy)
(Living Room)


Wednesday, May 26th
8:00PM (Doors open at 7:00)
302 Broome Street
between Forsyth + Eldridge
(It's the pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club")
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand


JANICE ERLBAUM is the author of GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, 2006) and HAVE YOU FOUND HER: A Memoir (Villard, 2008). You can find her at
TERENCE MICKEY, as is evident in his childhood photos, is a reader. Reading led to writing. Writing led to a depraved lifestyle, which includes storytelling.  He’s performed on the Moth MainStage, as well as other stages. He teaches storytelling in the Moth corporate and outreach programs. And he’s taking Grace Paley’s advice – “write what you don’t know about what you know” – by working on a novel based on his family’s business since 1885: garbage. 

RAKESH SATYAL is the author of the novel BLUE BOY, a gender-bending comedy about a young Indian American boy's fascination with the Hindy god Krishna.  He is an editor at HarperCollins, where he edits such authors as Armistead Maupin, Clive Barker, Paulo Coelho, and Paul Rudnick.  A member of the planning committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival, he speaks frequently at writers' conferences.  He lives in Brooklyn.

RACHEL SHERMAN holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her first book, THE FIRST HURT, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. The New York Times Book Review called her most recent book, the novel LIVING ROOM, "perfectly paced." She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities and lives in Brooklyn.

What You Wish

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I hear tell the economy is on the upswing. Good news, because I need your money!  

How I Learned is a real labor of love and it's always free of charge at Happy Ending. If you've enjoyed the show, won't you drop a little something in the bucket to help me keep it going? You can donate here (or, if that doesn't work, please look for that familiar yellow donate button over on the sidebar on the lower right).

With ginormous amounts of gratitude--Blaise 

Dead Air, A Cheating Boyfriend, Unrequited Love, and Drinking Spit in Equador

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

To everyone who came out last week for How I Learned Once Was Enough, and to the charming and engaging storytellers--John Wray, Adam Wade, Margot Leitman and Lauren Frey Daisley--thank you a mil. It was fun. It was a full moon. That part was weird. (Photos below.)

Please join me next month for How I Learned It's Basically All My Parents' Fault on May 26th. Yes, lock up your parents and swallow the key. Or, better yet, bring 'em to the show! All bets are off, bitches! Obviously, this one's going to be a doozy (i.e., the time of our lives).

xoxo Blaise

    Writer and radio personality LAUREN FREY DAISLEY on falling asleep during her live show.

Comedian MARGOT LEITMAN on how to (mis)handle a cheating, beret-wearing boyfriend.

ME saying something pretty serious. 

Author JOHN WRAY on drinking spit. You heard me.

Storyteller ADAM WADE on the one who got away.

Photos: Jon Boulier, except for the last one by Jesse Chan-Norris