||Nick McDonell, 18|
||Ned Vizzini, 21|
Teen Angst/ Naaah... A
||Benjamin Lebert, 20|
|Son of Sports Illustrated editor Terry
McDonell; family friend of Jay McInerney's and Grove Press impresario
Morgan Entrekin's. Introduces stuffy Midtown publishers to out of-date
hip-hop terms like shiz-nit and hiz-ouse in his roman a
clef about the world of coked-up Manhattan prep-school thug wannabes. Sold
the film rights to Radar Pictures and started Harvard this fall.
||While at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High, chronicled
high school humiliations for the free weekly New York Press. A
collection of his articles, published as Teen Angst, optioned for
Miramax. Chose Manhattan's Hunter College over the Ivy League to keep it
||At 16, bad-boy German wrote memoir about chasing
Frauleins and getting kicked out of four schools, not to mention being
paralyzed on left side. Crazy optioned by Hollywood heavy hitters
Brillstein-Grey. Currently living in Berlin, at work on second
|2003: Kieran Culkin, passed over
for the lead in Twelve, takes a swing at Nick during Vanity
Fair's "Young Guns of Hollywood" cover shoot. Nick kicks Kieran in
shins; claims, "McDonell is in the hiz-ouse!"
||2003: Keeping it real, snubs
Elijah Wood for lead in Teen Angst, in favor of Gary from
homeroom. Film bombs.
||2003: After the party of the
year in a Berlin loft to celebrate Crazy film deal, dumps Winona
Ryder. Quoted in Us Weekly: "That bitch really is
|2005: Third book, a roman a clef
about thugged-out Upper East Side writers who went to Harvard, is panned
by The New York Times. Quoted in the New York Post:
||2004: In Details
interview timed for the release of College Weltschmertz, claims,
"I don't even own a suit!" Receives threatening letter from Dave Eggers:
"I didn't own a suit first!"
||2004: Publishes follow-up to
Crazy, titled Sexy, followed soon after by
Cool. Is sued by the estate of Lisa Lopez|
|2007: Dropped by Grover, escapes
to Paris to "do it Hemingway-style." Announces he's "over" America.
||2006: To keep it real, moves to
Lefrak City, Queens, telling neighbors, "Just treat me like a regular guy.
Post quotes a neighbor: "Who the fuck is he, anyway?"
||2005: Meets young novelist JT
LeRoy during a New York Times Magainze "Teen Literati" shoot.
Admits, "Now, that dude is crazy."|
|2009: Guest-edits an issue of Nerve
||2008: Writes third book,
20-Something Self-Doubt, on White Castle napkins while homeless
in the South Bronx. Rights purchased by Vincent Gallo.
||2008: After being declared the
Judd Nelson of German letters, dropped by published; TV pilot,
Baywatch Stuttgart, in turnaround|
|2010: Living happily in Columbia
County, New York, begins a bimonthly gardening column for House &
||2010: Moves to L.A., buys a
really cute bungalo in Laurel Canyon.
||2010: Takes a post reviewing
Scheisser films for Latin Inches