March 11, 2008
Recent Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces

States Need to Follow Harvard: End Loans Completely
Huffington Post
Occupational Oppression (dirt bagger job)
SMITH Magazine
Recommendation: It's Every Child's Duty to Lick a Dangerous Toy!
Huffington Post
"Mom" [short story from The L Magazine's 2nd Annual Summer Fiction Issue]
The L Magazine
Clink Slammer Hoosegow
SMITH Magazine
Hocus Potus [review]
New York Press
Where the Wild Things Are
The New York Sun
"Beauty" Short Story [I like how this one came out]
3:AM Magazine
The Page 69 Test: It's Kind of a Funny Story
The Page 69 Test
An Impelling Force: Impetus Books
The Problem with Fram
Huffington Post
Interview with Rasmus Holmen
Largehearted Boy
High Anxiety [review of American-Born Chinese and Stuck in The Middle]
New York Times
Man (My second published poem)
My Small Movie Date Story
SMITH Magazine
Interview with Tao Lin
Review: Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
Interview with Lexy Benaim (Harlem Shakes)
Largehearted Boy
"Nose" - a short story I got paid $30 for!!
Underground Voices
Working Class
Writer's Digest
BOOKS WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT (5 favorites of mine) (scroll down to see)
"Drum 'N' Bass" [poem]
Straight Talk on Antidepressants [panel discussion]
Sirens Magazine
Ned Vizzini's Five Favorite Songs
3:AM Magazine
An Interview with Nick Antosca
The Three Best Books of 2006
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
My First Kiss
SMITH Magazine
The Condemned [review]
A Bronx Tale [review of Tyrell]
New York Times
My Space: The Glitch
Ins & Outs (Long Island City)
Ned Vizzini | Writing
Be More Chill - US Hardcover
June 1, 2004
"I wish I'd had a squip when I was a teenager. Actually, I wish I had one now. You know what? Forget the squip. Reading this hilarious book is what will make you cool."
-- Neal Pollack

"Ned Vizzini writes about teenagers without the Saved by the Bell, 'boy I sure love pizza' clichs. Be More Chill is a funny, perceptive, and surprisingly well-written read for all ages."
-- Robert Lanham, author, The Hipster Handbook

"I thought Be More Chill was very funny, well observed and well written. Very clever story, beautifully executed - definitely one to take notice of, and one of the cleverest plots I've come across in a long time."
-- Melvin Burgess, author, Smack

"Authentic without pretense and honest without stifling morality."
-- Zoe Trope

"Authentic, refreshingly honest and hilarious. You have perfectly captured the angst-filled, sex-obsessed thoughts of today's teens. Also, it is an incredibly original plot."
-- Anne Rouyer, the New York Public Library

"As a two-time survivor of high school (once as a student and once as a teacher), I know how hard it is to write about adolescence. But Ned Vizzini gets it right-- the lingo, the rigid caste system, the minutiae of teen courtship rituals. Be More Chill shows that high school can be a hero's journey, a treacherous march through minefields of bullies, drugs, and unfairly complicated bra straps. A smart, funny book that shies away from sentimentality and clich, Be More Chill handles powerful themes with a light touch."
-- David Benioff, author, The 25th Hour

"Be More Chill is a sharp social commentary disguised as a high school sex (or no sex, in our hero's case) comedy. I was thoroughly entertained by Vizzini's clever take on the insanity (and inanity) of contemporary teendom."
-- Megan McCafferty, author, Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings
Teen Angst? Naaah... - Black
August 1, 2002
[click cover for book party pics]

"Ned Vizzini is a young genius! And if he was old, he would be an old genius. Teen Angst? Naaah... is zany, tender, and hysterically funny."
-- Jonathan Ames

"[O]ne of the few truly genuinely funny and unpretentious books I have read in many years."
-- Esme Raji Codell, author of Educating Esme and Sahara Special

"The chapter on taking your girlfriend to prom is effin' GREAT. Worth the price of the book alone."
-- Marty Beckerman, author of Death to All Cheerleaders and Generation S.L.U.T.

Published by Random House.

This sort of came out of nowhere. Teen Angst? Naaah... had been released in its trade format by Free Spirit two years before, and I had busted my ass getting the word out about it on radio interviews and at schools. Then Judy, the president of Free Spirit, told me that Random House wanted to buy the book and put out their own version. I said great. I went into the RH offices, which had a coffee machine on which you could select light/medium/strong for one of eight flavors (including amaretto) and get frothy white-chocolate hot chocolate.

My new editor, Marissa Walsh (who went on to publish the Not that I'm Jealous or Anything anthology and is now pursuing her own writing), did a great job making some changes to the text (mostly dates, which I wanted to get out of the book so it would age a little better) and we released it with a big party at Siberia Bar in Mahattan. You can see the party pictures if you want--I think many of them capture my friends at the peak of their attractive youth.

Later on at the party Tracey, the Siberia owner, brought me into the bathroom and tried to get me to write a book for him for $15,000. Fun times. He claimed to have some serious dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Teen Angst? Naaah... - Yellow
August 1, 2000
Published by Free Spirit Publishing!

One of the things that people asked for on this site site was more attention paid to Teen Angst? Naaah.... I hope this satisfies:

1. Teen Angst? Naaah... is my first book.

2. When it came out, I learned quickly that if I described it as "a bunch of funny, stupid stories about stuff that happened to me in high school", they got the point. For more refined people who only enjoyed art that pushed the envelope, I would say it was "a bunch of funny, stupid stories about SHIT that happened to me in high school." Those remain good descriptions.

3. The stories in the book span 1990-1999.

4. I wrote the stories between 1996 and 1999, inclusive.

5. A majority of the book originally appeared in the New York Press, a local alternative weekly, sometimes edited differently or in a wildly divergent form. They have great archives so many of the stories as they were originally originally written are here.

6. Teen Angst? Naaah... has a typical history of complete failure in the world of television. Soon after the book came out, I was contacted by a man named John Schultz, who came to New York, took me out for a hamburger, and outlined a sweeping vision for the TA?N movie. (The burger was good too.) I left feeling enthusiastic. Then, a few weeks later, Jane startz Productions, who had a first-look deal with Miramax Films (this just meant I could say "Miramax" in conjunction with my book, which got me one girl, no more), offered to option the book. My book company and I went with Jane Startz because of the Miramax connection and the option began. An option means that a company pays for the right to try and make a television show (or movie) out of your product within a certain period of time. We had 18 months. Jane Startz Productions brought in a wonderful gentleman named Ken Lipman; he had helmed the mid-90s cable show The Secret World of Alex Mack, which, let's look for it on the internet... ah, check out this Geocities site: Gallery of Alex Mack Pictures. Ken Lipman got to work on the show but we failed to get it picked up by any networks. Some years later (2005), Ken decided to take another shot and sell the show to The N cable network, which, in an entirely unrelated venture, I had tried to create music for. This, too, failed. By the way, John Schultz, who we ditched for Jane Startz (Schultz vs. Startz, I know), went on to direct Like Mike and The Honeymooners. Who knows what would have happened if we'd gone with him? Right now the best chance of a Teen Angst television show getting made is if you make one yourself. I'll host it, I'm serious. (Host as in, host the files.)

7. Any general questions that you have about the book, the characters, whether it's true, etc. should be in the FAQ.

8. Many people want to know why, of all the schools I applied to in the book, I chose to go to Hunter. The answer is that I did something horrible and screwed up my chance attend a different school (Columbia). What I did is probably the worst and most stupid thing that I've done in my life and I'm not really ready to talk about it right now.

9. To my knowledge, Teen Angst? Naaah... has been used in plays, forensics competitions, skits, and numerous book reports across the USA (and the Philippines). I greatly appreciate the attention that it continues to get, especially five-plus years after its publication.

10. Wormwhole lives!
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2008
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces

Teen Angst? Nah!
New York Times
She Shits on the Shit Seat [Subway Poop Story]
New York Press
Peak Contraction [me at the gym]
New York Press
Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press
Schizo Rock [r.i.p., Wesley]
New York Press
Bjorn Again [concert review]
New York Press
Review of Marilyn Manson "Holy Wood"
New York Press
What the Hell is Kaiju?
New York Press
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New York Press
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New York Press
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New York Press
Park Slopes Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
New York Press
Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
New York Press
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New York Press
Since When: New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; The Peoples Poetry Gathering; Cutthroats 9 Play CBGB; Ned Does Soho
New York Press
Since When: 4-4-01
New York Press