This week's celebrity interview: Ned
Vizzini, author of Be More Chill (Miramax) in bookstores
DS: You've already tasted success
with the launch of your first book,
NV: Agents will always tell you
that they're not looking for young writers, they're looking for talented
writers. But it is helpful to be young. You have a shtick you can sell
that way. The important thing to remember, though, is that you can be a
writer anytime--when you're 30, 40, 50. You don't have to do it young. My
advice for young writers is to start with short pieces. True stories about
your life work well. Try that first. Don't try to write a book when you're
13. It's proabably not going to turn out well (wild guess). Also, you have
to be proactive and submit your work everywhere! Get The Writer's Bible
2005 and get going!
NV: The squip was partly inspired
by a piece of music--an indie band that I am into had a song about a big
loser who got special shoes that played the radio, and that made him feel
instantly cool. So I started thinking, what if there really were a product
that made you cool? That got me thinking about teen consumerism in a
serious way, and Be More Chill was born. And yes, in high school I
would have tried out a squip. I was a pretty big dork. I would've tried
NV: We started a pretty
innovative campaign to promote Be More Chill. It involves an array of
websites that treat the squip as if it were a real product--a sort of
meta-satire. You can check out www.getsquip.com, www.celebritysquip.com,
and www.squipworld.com for starters. The coolest thing about it is that
readers are participating in "the squipiverse", showing us what the world
will be like when this technology is really available.
NV: Yes, we are working on a movie, and yes, the screenwriter knows Keanu and we'll be making a play for him as the role of the squip!
DS: Wow, can't wait to see it! Conan O'Brien or Craig Kilborn?
NV: Josh Homme. He's the guitar
player and chief genius behind Queens of the Stone Age, which I'm
currently listening to. He looks just like Craig Kilborn; in fact, a la
Michael and LaToya, they have never been photographed together and might
be the same person. He's a lot more talented than any talk show
NV: This is entirely dependent on
the sex of the pteradactyl. If it's a female, it wins; if it's a male, it
probably gets distracted by Coulter's hotness and lets down its guard long
enough to be shot. But if it's a female it's extra jealous and kicks ass.
Of course, if it's a lesbian pteradactyl it might be in
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