Erin's Work

Erin blogs include Life After NY, The Mischievous Mixologist, and her advice column, So What? Who Cares? Her work has been featured on NPR, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, and Medium.

Tidy up Your Parenting

Thanks so much to Emry's Journal for picking up this piece. It's dear to my heart because it combines a few things I love: Marie Condo, Cleaning, and making fun of helicopter parents like myself.

Read the full piece here

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Practice Test for Tweens

My own tweens inspired this piece. The Funny Women editor, Elissa Bassist, made it a lot funnier. Original art by Annie Daly.

Read the full piece here

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Dressing My Kids Up As Sluts For Halloween

THIS YEAR, I'M DRESSING MY KIDS UP AS SLUTS FOR HALLOWEEN
In 2013 my satire of the Halloween costume industry – originally posted on my blog – got picked up by Thought Catalog. It wasn’t for everyone. Some people -- like Chloe Angyal, on the same site -- argued that you can't use words like prostitute and slut, and still be a feminist.

Respect, but I don't agree. Women are choosing these costumes. In a market that is pimping them out. Slutty is what they're selling.

Here’s the piece as published by Thought Catalog
thoughtcatalog.com

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House of Corrections

This piece on prison education and reform recounts the personal transformation I experienced when, as a new parent, i took a college teaching gig in a maximum security prison. It tells the story of how helping incarcerated people also helped me.

Link to America magazine article here.


Or visit the magazine website:

https://americamagazine.org/issue/house-corrections

For more on the Bard Prison Initiative, link here.

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Wisconsin Podcast Interview

I had an amazing time being interviewed by the Wisconsin Podcast. The subject was my book, How to Leave, but we delved into a lot of fun stuff -- including cheese!

The iHeart link is HERE:

 

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TTBOOK: On Tiger Mothers

ERIN CLUNE ON TIGER MOTHERS
When I was producing for PRI's To the Best of Our Knowledge, I occasionally wrote my own pieces – here's a radio essay that spoofed the parenting advice industry, following Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. My radio essay emphasized the wide diversity of parenting practices, focusing on controversial practices like yelling and spanking.

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Life After NY Blog

LIFE AFTER NY
In 2009, about a year after moving back to my hometown from New York City, I started blogging about the (mis)adventure at Life After New York Blog (lifeafterny.blogspot.com). The idea for the blog came from a friend of mine, who had herself relocated back to the Bay Area from New York. She didn't end up writing the blog with me. But my blog ultimately turned into my comic memoir, How to Leave.

Over the years, I developed specific columns within the blog, including a column about cocktails and the advice column: So What, Who Cares? I also got a banner image, developed and drawn by my friend, Erik Johnson, a Minneapolis based illustrator.

Here's my very first blog entry, that started it all.
lifeafterny.blogspot.com

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The Most Relatable Insomnia Timeline Ever

For anyone who has ever been wide awake at 3 a.m.

Read the full piece here

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Still Life With Chairs (The Rumpus)

A bit of satire about how we're all dying from sitting. Brought to life by the incredible editing of Elissa Bassist, and art work by Annie Daly, the work is a true feather in my writing cap.

 

Read the full piece here

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Calling The Shots

One of my favorite features landed on the Madison Isthmus cover in May 2017: My profile of women bartenders and their quest for gender parity in the industry. Awesome ladies, fabulous mixologists. You can read the piece here.

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Happy Birthday, Joe Rollino

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOE ROLLINO
This is the first creative nonfiction essay I ever published, submitted for Gulf Stream Magazine's creative nonfiction contest. I didn't win but was a finalist. One contest judge called it an “uplifting, intricately-woven triumph.”

Check out Gulf Stream Magazine
gulfstreamlitmag.com

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TTBOOK: Growing up Freudian

This radio essay came out of a talk I gave for my mom, when she retired from her clinical practice. She's neo-Freudian actually, but you get the point!

Link to Listen Here:

https://www.ttbook.org/book/growing-freudian-erin-clune

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NPR: State of the Family Address

STATE OF THE FAMILY

Here's a piece I wrote and recorded for All Things Considered at NPR.

NPR - State of the Family

View Transcript
npr.org

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Black Workers, White Immigrants, and the Postemancipation Problem of Labor

In 2005, Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie published an anthology called Global Perspectives on Industrial Transformation in the American South. In it, they included one of my articles, which deals with race and labor in the global cotton industry and is entitled, Black Workers, White Immigrants, and the Postemancipation Problem of Labor.

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