Ed McClanahan has written a lot of books. He is also wickedly funny. According to one reviewer, “The effect of reading Ed McClanahan’s new collection, O the Clear Moment, is not unlike listening to a cheerfully erudite, slightly drunken old man reminiscing about his seemingly average life—a life that becomes, in the generosity and intelligence of the telling, something more than average.”

So why isn’t he being featured in the Nonfiction section this week like he is supposed to be? Well, we goofed. Luckily, he’s agreed to come back for the week of March 22. This time, we don’t intend to goof. Slightly drunken old men can turn on a dime, you know.

McClanahan’s website is www.edmcclanahan.com.


-Erika Rae

Co-editor – TNB Nonfiction



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ERIKA RAE is the author of Devangelical, a humor memoir about growing up Evangelical (Emergency Press, December, 2012). She is editor-in-chief at Scree Magazine and nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. Erika earned her MA in Lit­er­a­ture and Lin­guis­tics from the Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong and to this day can ask where the bath­room is in Can­tonese, although it is likely that she will not under­stand the answer. In her dream world, she fan­cies her­self a kung fu mas­ter clev­erly dis­guised as a gen­tle moun­tain dweller, eagerly antic­i­pat­ing dan­ger at the bot­tom of every latte. When she is not whipping one of her 3 children and denying them bread with their broth, she runs an ISP with her husband from their home in the Colorado Rockies.

3 responses to “Nonfiction Writer Ed McClanahan Feature in March”

  1. ed mcclanahan says:

    –hey erika, thanks very much (sincerely) for posting this–and congratulations for making TNB the umpty-umpth Major Venue That Has Misspelled My Name, a distinguished list that includes Newsweek, the New Yorker, my hometown newspaper, and not one but two CDs–bestest, ed–

  2. Erika Rae says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry, Ed McClanahan! I must admit I’m hovering between shame and pride, though. The New Yorker? Sweet!

  3. Don Mitchell says:

    Woo who! Ed was my very first creative writing teacher.

    I admire him greatly, except for the fact that he never responded to my offer to send him an oh-so-sweet picture of him with his darling daughter.

    I think he doesn’t want anybody to know what a clean-cut dude he was in 1965.

    In fact, I’m going to forward those pictures to the mighty Erika.

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