In Teen Angst? Naaah..., I started a band called Wormwhole (as detailed in the essay "Are We Alternative Now?"). In the book, I said that first five people who contacted me about the band would be allowed to buy a copy of our demo.
To my surprise many people have emailed me asking for the Wormwhole demo, but sadly, for years, the single tape I recorded with my friend Ike was lost.
But then, a few years after the book was published, I was trying to make a mix tape on my stereo. I popped in an old tape to see if it was something I could tape over, and there was all this weird religious chanting. Then, out of the blue, literally sent by God, was the Wormwhole tape!
I don't know how it got into the middle of the tape of religious chanting, but I did a tape-to-mp3 conversion, and now, for free and forever, Wormwhole's two songs are here on this website. Above you're got "Pants In The Mail". "Lumber" is below.
Buswood is a punk rock band I formed in high school with my friend Owen (not his real name) from Teen Angst? Naaah....
"Cagador" is a minute-plus improvisational punk jam on A. You can hear me yelling instructions to the group. At the end, Owen says "This is for the people from Ecuador." (According to him, "Cagador" means "shitter" in Spanish.)
It's Kind of a Funny Story Theatrical Interpretation
In March 2010, Oak Lawn Community High School put on a theatrical performance of It's Kind of a Funny Story called a "Group Interp," or "Group Interpretation" project. They used the text of the book but presented it with a Greek chorus. Very cool and inventive stuff!
"Love And Longing" at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2009
From YouTube user chocochip16: "The brooklyn book festival took place at columbus park by brooklyn borough hall in NYC on Sunday September 13, 2009. At the festival there was a section for young adults.... this video is one of the panels that includes three talented young adult writers, Aimee Friedman ( Sea Change), Anna Godbersen ( The luxe series), and Ned Vizzini ( Be more Chill)."
Attack of the Killer Turtle
Attack of the Killer Turtle, as described in Teen Angst? Naaaah...! It was uncovered after years and is presented here in all its glory.
Be More Chill Play
The theatrical adaptation of Be More Chill! Adapted by Bill Massolia, starring Jake Cohen as Jeremy and Edward Paul as the squip (seen in Keanu Reeves regalia).
says: I absolutely love It's Kind of a Funny Story. There are so many parts I love! But the parts I love to read over and over are Chapter 2 and the last 2 pages. I love Chapter 2 because of the explanation of the Tentacles and Anchors. It makes you think, regardless of if you are depressed or love life. I love the end of the book because it wraps up the book so perfectly. It's "Craig" listing all of the small things in life he took for granted or wants to do/enjoy. The life lessons I take away from the book are: 1) Don't take things for granted. Even the little things count. 2) There is no normal. Everyone has problems whether they show it or not. 3) It's ok to get professional help. It's nothing to be ashamed of because you can't always deal with things in life by yourself, you need help sometimes. It means you care enough about your life to better it.
I haven't read any other books, but after I read this one a year ago, I have the rest of then on my To-Read list.
My favorite part in It's Kind of a Funny story is when Craig is making out with Noel and his roommate comes in and starts screaming "Sex in my bed!" My friends and I just randomly say that when we need a good laugh. (Which is often!)
says: As I finished this book the song Jumper by Third-Eye Blind came on which is about someone trying to talk someone else out of killing themselves. I found this really funny
says: Hello Mr. Vizzini,
I just wanted to send a short email to say that your movie was amazing. It was one of the best I have seen and truly enjoyed it. It had a huge impact on me. Have a great day.
says: Dear Mr. Vizzini,
I just wanted to say thanks, for writing such amazing books. My favourite book is "It's Kind of a Funny Story." It just spoke to me. I was reminded of myself by Craig, I suffer from depression (I'm on 200mg of Zoloft), I've tried pot, I've called the suicide help line, and I am a recovering anorexic. It never occured to me though, that one may seek help from a hospital. I guess I would be too afraid to go. I am not very close with my parents, and I live with my mother. She thinks the zoloft is a bad idea and is not supportive of me at all. Reading your "It's Kind of a Funny Story" made me feel better and understand that there will be people out there who really care. So, Thank you, very much. Also, I used to live in Manhatten. Ha. Honestly, you have become one of my favourite authors, which is saying a lot because I am a bookworm.
Feast your eyes and ears on this recap of the squip campaign, 2004-2005, which was created to promote Be More Chill. This video is dedicated to all of the readers who helped spread the word about the book. Thank you!
THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER OF BE MORE CHILL
This chapter of Be More Chill, which goes into explicit detail about what Jeremy does on the internet, was included in the first draft of the book but taken out (wisely) by my editor. Here it is for those who are curious.