March 22, 2012
Reviews and Other Writing

25 literary resolutions for 2012. What's yours?
Los Angeles Times

Looking back at 2011's literary resolutions
Los Angeles Times

The 10 Best Things From 2011 To Listen To While Writing, According To Actual Authors
Village Voice

Patrice Evans’s ‘Negropedia’ Sorts Out the Racial Landscape
The Daily Beast

The Only Living Peep-Show Girl in New York
The L Magazine

The End of the White Outsider
The Daily Beast

[click through for all my coverage of Comic-Con 2011]

Straight Edge, Winding Story: Ten Thousand Saints
The L Magazine

Rock and Roll (Ned Vizzini)
Los Angeles Review of Books

Tall Tales, Big Words and Gator-Wrestling... It's Swamplandia!
The L Magazine
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Ned Vizzini | Writing
It's Kind of a Funny Story (US) [Paperback]
May 1, 2007
My third book: depression and redemption in the psych hospital. This cover is familiar to readers who found the book prior to the release of the film.

  • "Insightful and utterly authentic... This is an important book."
    -- New York Times Book Review

  • "Comparisons with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar seem inevitable... beautifully handled."
    -- Bookmunch

  • "It's terrific: funny, incisive, disarming."
    -- New York Magazine

  • "The wise, witty narrator and sensitive handling of a hot topic should win over older teens--and their parents."
    -- People Magazine

  • "Funny... [Vizzini] supplies personal insights and a clever, self-deprecating tone that make the book an entertaining read."
    -- The Washington Post

It's Kind of a Funny Story is recommended by legendary Powell's Books:

IKOAFS at Powells 3
Be More Chill (US) [Hardcover]
June 1, 2004
This is the original cover of Be More Chill.

That is my face screaming on the cover. Hyperion Books did a photo shoot with me silently screaming and then superimposed the visor.

  • "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' clichés. Be More Chill is a funny, perceptive, and surprisingly well-written read for all ages."
    -- Robert Lanham, 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, Smack, Doing It

  • "Authentic without pretense and honest without stifling morality."
    -- Zoe Trope, Please Don't Kill the Freshman

  • "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 cliché, Be More Chill handles powerful themes with a light touch."
    -- David Benioff, The 25th Hour, When the Nines Roll Over

  • "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
Teen Angst? Naaah... (2002) [Paperback]
August 1, 2002
Released by Random House two years after the original publication of Teen Angst? Naaah... by Free Spirit Publishing.

This was the first mass-market edition of the book. It includes the illustrations featured in the original trade edition but moves the footnotes to the bottom of each page instead of the margins.

Some edits to the text were made by me and my editor Marissa Walsh, who also edited Not Like I'm Jealous Or Anything, an essay collection I contributed to.

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

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

When this edition of Teen Angst was released, I had a party at Siberia Bar in Manhattan:

Ned Vizzini with Book
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Early Articles, Reviews, and Columns
Note: Links to content outside usually become inactive over time.

Teen Angst? Nah!
[the piece that inspired the book]
New York Times

Sick Passenger
[possibly my best story ever]
New York Press

Bad Barber
[REJECTED by New York Press, previously unpublished]
New York Press

Peak Contraction
[me at the gym]
New York Press

Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press

Schizo Rock
[RIP, Wesley]
New York Press

Bjorn Again
New York Press

What the Hell is Kaiju?
New York Press

Since When: Brent Camponi, Rising Legend, and His TV Show; Natan, Who Sings Like a Bastard; Church Ladies for Choice; A Jeff Buckley Book
New York Press

Since When: Straight-Edge Vegan Hardcore at Roseland; Cool Japanese Porn; George Tabb Presents Unsigned Bands at CBGB; Some Abused Girls Are Hot
New York Press