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: Well I'd have to say my favorite part of you book It's Kind of a Funny Story was at the end. I'm not saying that in a rude, "oh i was so happy i finally got it over with" kind of way. But on the last page, where it says the day you finished writting it, turns out that's my birthday! Haha I just thought that that little coincidence made the book even better, if that's even possible. I sure hope you write a sequel to it. One that describes Craig's life after the adult psychiatric ward.
says: your writing is so close to the actual teenage world it's inspirational. Every passage in this book is amazing and i find myself unable to pick just one.
now im gonna write like i talk.
this book basically overtook my life
i read it and now i make all my friends read it/ buy it.
i bought it and was fasinated//becasue it was funny to get an inside look at a males perspective of High School.
says: I have a habit of saying I fail at life. Failing at anything even a little, would be failing at life. My friend and I always tell each other (in jest, for the most part) that we fail at life. When Craig declared that he fails at life in It's Kind of a Funny Story, I screamed and immediately called my friend to tell her.
Failing at life,
says: I started
laughing my ass off when you explained the 'eff' word. HAHAHAHA "if
say the eff word youll be effed and yer book will never see the effin
light of day HAHAHAHA thats funny to me...i dont know why.
says: The part where Craig begins to draw maps again. The realization that he needs to do what he loves, and not what he thinks will make him be 'successful' in making a life for himself. It defenitely speaks volumes to the prospect of being stuck in some cubicle for life simply because the benefits are good.
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.