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.



HOW I LEARNED I WAS BASICALLY IN LOVE WITH YOU: The 2-Year Anniversary Show!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Hi and guess what. The day you've been waiting for is finally pretty much now. You've been parched and starving since the last show in October -- a lifetime ago. After a much needed two-month hiatus replete with... well, frankly, it's all kind of a blur now. The point is I'm here to announce that How I Learned returns in two weeks!

Recently crowned the "Berlitz of bad behavior," How I Learned is reconvening with its first show of 2011, also marking HIL's two-year anniversary. There will be music, party favors, giveaways and of course stories from four literary and comedy superstars. There may also be party hats.

Get ready. We're just warming up.
xo Blaise

The How I Learned Series, 
Celebrating Two Years of Pretty Good Entertainment, 
is thrilled to present:

HOW I LEARNED I WAS BASICALLY
IN LOVE WITH YOU

Featuring:
MAGGIE ESTEP
(Alice Fantastic; Spoken Word Unplugged)
JAMES HANNAHAM
(God Says No; The Literary Review)
RYAN BRITT
(The Liar Show; The Moth)
AMY SHAPIRO
(Cringe; AKA Pants)

+ Party Favors
+ Book Giveaways 
+ A SPECIAL SURPRISE MUSICAL GUEST!

Created, Produced + Hosted by
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, January 26th
8pm / Doors open at 7pm
HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street between Forsyth + Eldridge
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand

NO COVER!


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MAGGIE ESTEP has published seven works of fiction, three of which keep getting optioned for TV and film and then never getting made. She is currently at work on a book about female gangsters and the founding of the ASPCA in 1868 Manhattan. She divides her time between Arkansas and Woodstock, NY.

JAMES HANNAHAM's first novel, God Says No (McSweeney's 2009) was a finalist for a Lambda Book Award and named an honor book by the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards. His stories have been published in The Literary Review, Open City, One Story and will soon appear in Fence, Makeout Creek and possibly ESPN. No, really. His criticism and journalism have appeared in The Village Voice, Spin and Salon.com and have been reprinted in Best African American Essays and Best Sex Writing. He has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo among many others, and he teaches creative writing at Pratt and The New School.

RYAN BRITT's writing has been published in Opium Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Soon Quarterly, The Rumpus and Nerve. As a performer, he has told stories on stage with The Liar Show, Stripped Stories, The Show and Tell Reading Series and The Moth. Two plays written by Ryan have been produced in NYC. He also directed his most recent play at the 45th Street Theatre in Manhattan. He was recently accepted into the 2011 Sirenland Writing Workshop in Positano, Italy. He contributes regularly to the blog Tor.com and he lives in Brooklyn.

AMY SHAPIRO is living the motherfucking American dream in Brooklyn, NY. After being fired for the 3rd time in 10 years (2nd time in 1 year), she decided to retire at the age of 35. It was at that time that she stopped blogging (soapyt.blogspot.com) and took to standing up in front of audiences telling stories and jokes in the hopes of getting laid. For a good time you can catch her monthly variety show AKA Pants at the Parkside Lounge, which she co-hosts with Alison Leiby and Karen Freer. You can also check out Amy's threads on Facebook if you're a friend of a friend and add her. Other than that, Amy enjoys a simple life of baking, playing with her dolls and watching Hoarders and Intervention.

Here's the event on Facebook for your completely optional RSVP-ing pleasure.