February 24, 2007
Recent Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces








02-10-2007
An Interview with Nick Antosca
Bookslut
01-03-2007
The Three Best Books of 2006
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
12-12-2006
My First Kiss
SMITH Magazine
12-01-2006
The Condemned [review]
Bookslut
11-12-2006
A Bronx Tale [review of Tyrell]
New York Times
09-01-2006
My Space: The Glitch
Ins & Outs (Long Island City)
05-23-2006
T-New York [club profile]
NYMetro.com
05-14-2006
TOUGH LOVE: Review of 'Hard Candy'
TimesSquare.com
04-24-2006
Ego & Hubris [review]
TimesSquare.com
04-19-2006
Crocodile Lounge [bar profile]
NYMetro.com
04-18-2006
Tut's [bar profile]
NYMetro.com
04-01-2006
Cell [review]
Bookslut
03-27-2006
Blackstone's [bar profile]
NYMetro.com
03-23-2006
Dumb Gringo Prices on Knickerbocker Ave
The-Wick.com
03-17-2006
Bushwick Residents Take on the Rat-Squirrel
The-Wick.com
02-01-2006
The Brooklyn Follies [review]
Bookslut
01-18-2006
EVIL EMPIRES
New York Press
01-18-2006
BROOKLYN'S SEX CHAMPS
New York Press
12-27-2005
Chop-Shop Mentality
New York Press
12-20-2005
The Meatman Cometh
New York Press
10-01-2005
Mobloggers Impressions
Ins & Outs (Long Island City)
09-06-2005
FAVORITE WORD: "luff"
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
08-02-2005
MOST IMPORTANT THINGS: Dannon coffee yogurt, LG VX7000 phone, uh, The Hun...
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
12-07-2004
FAVORITE WEBSITES: The Hun, Drudge, tOdd...
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
10-05-2004
FAVORITE FOODS: The Hot Pocket
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
09-08-2004
Angst: Teen vs. Gastrointestinal [Donnie Darko review]
Metaphilm
04-13-2004
TOP TEN NOVELS: Jurassic Park, 1984, Preacher...
Professor Barnhardt's Journal
08-03-2003
Mr Dow 1000: Nick Guarino Fights Wall Street (and the Law)
New York Press
06-03-2003
Giant Missile Penis in Union Square, NYC!
New York Press
04-01-2003
Smack My Pick-Up: Riding along with the car bashers.
New York Press
03-04-2003
Mindflake: An indie crackpot featured in an indie film.
New York Press
03-04-2003
Dying Trade: Digging with the booksellers.
New York Press
02-18-2003
Endorphins are a fairy tale. Running yields pain.
New York Press
02-04-2003
Q&A; with Everyone's Messiah
New York Press
01-07-2003
The Two Towers: WFUV vs. WFMU
New York Press
12-18-2002
Living Online Could Become a Virtual Trap
Newsday
12-17-2002
Prey by Michael Crichton [review]
New York Press
11-14-2002
Jackass Kicks Hollywood Back Where it Belongs
Newsday
11-01-2002
Come As You Are [Review of Kurt Cobain Journals]
New York Press
09-17-2002
Michael Wants His Books Back
New York Press
09-17-2002
The Museum of Sex [w/Jessica Wakeman]
New York Press
09-03-2002
Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For the Deaf [review]
New York Press
05-22-2002
'Star Wars 2' Fits Right Into the Palm of Your Hand
Newsday
05-21-2002
A Summer Guide for the Well-Endowed Man [this is the one about me having a large penis]
New York Press
04-17-2002
Since When: 4-17-02 [bye-bye column, hello Be More Chill]
New York Press
04-10-2002
Since When: 4-10-02 [I was wrapping up the column at this point...]
New York Press
04-03-2002
Since When: 4-3-02 [Happy 21st B-Day to Me!]
New York Press
03-27-2002
Since When: Danteís Inferno; Woman Does the Voice of Dog that Sings Like Cat; Free Biennial
New York Press
03-20-2002
Since When: Global Warming; Den of Cinís Oscar Night; Matthew Feinman; Super Soul at Mercury
New York Press
03-13-2002
Since When: Quantum3ís Light Dance; 63OCPBMF Probes Oppenheimer; Wesley Willisí Harmony Joyride; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press
Ned Vizzini | Official Site
Teen Angst? Naaah... - Yellow
August 1, 2000
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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!
Be More Chill - UK (Paperback)
July 5, 2004
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[click cover for hi-res image]

The UK version of Be More Chill was published by HarperCollins UK. It came with its own Flash movie, which was cool. (Unfortunately all that remains is this screenshot.)



I traveled throughout England 6/28/04-7/3/04 to promote the book and got to see the Firth of Forth, one of my favorite bridges when I was a boy, among other sights. Here are the pictures on flickr:

Ned Vizzini England trip summer 2004
England Trip Summer 2004


Do you have the UK edition of the book? Email me.
Be More Chill - Germany (Hardcover)
June 1, 2004
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In Germany, Be More Chill was published Bertelsmann Jugenbuch Verlag (or "Random House" to you).

The German version of Be More Chill is called "Cool: Und was ist mit Liebe"? (According to my brother, that means "Cool: And what's with Love"?)

The copies has a vellum jacket with all the text; when removed, the jacket reveals the wraparound faces of, uh, a very Germanic Jeremy and Christine:





Also, the translator of the German edition had some hilarious questions about words I used:

Hi, Ned Vizzini,

you wrote a great book! I translate it into German and there are some questions I would like you to answer as fast as possible as they gave me a terrible short deadlineÖ

Here we go:

p.25 Who is Rick James?
47 dur
64 phillies
70 pimpiní
85 seeing eye dogs
87 poonanti
107 hairy necessaries
118 GLAAD
126 palsy, palsy-ish
214 For a guy, thereís something dangling in front of your face or something sticking out your ass.

It would be most helpful, if you could interpret or circumscribe these expressions, so I can see if I am on the right track or not.


Do you have the German edition of the book? Email me.
Be More Chill -- Germany (Paperback)
10-01-2006
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Germany, which had the cool hardcover Be More Chill with the clear jacket (which some people got in one of our giveaways), is the first non-US nation to have a BMC paperback. Same design, no clear jacket.
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2007
THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER
I also considered using a picture of The Forbidden Castle, a choose your own adventure book
Have you read the forbiiiiiden chapter of Be More Chill? Here's the link.
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces








05-17-1998
Teen Angst? Nah!
New York Times
01-01-1999
She Shits on the Shit Seat [Subway Poop Story]
New York Press
01-03-2000
Peak Contraction [me at the gym]
New York Press
10-25-2000
Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press
11-05-2000
Schizo Rock [r.i.p., Wesley]
New York Press
11-07-2000
Bjorn Again [concert review]
New York Press
01-13-2001
What the Hell is Kaiju?
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01-31-2001
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02-07-2001
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02-14-2001
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02-21-2001
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02-28-2001
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03-02-2001
Park Slopeís Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
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03-05-2001
Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
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03-07-2001
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03-14-2001
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03-21-2001
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03-28-2001
Since When: New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; The Peopleís Poetry Gathering; Cutthroats 9 Play CBGB; Ned Does Soho
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04-04-2001
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04-11-2001
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04-18-2001
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04-25-2001
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05-02-2001
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05-16-2001
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05-23-2001
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05-30-2001
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06-06-2001
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06-13-2001
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06-20-2001
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06-27-2001
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07-04-2001
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07-11-2001
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07-18-2001
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07-25-2001
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08-01-2001
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08-08-2001
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08-15-2001
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08-22-2001
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08-29-2001
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09-05-2001
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09-12-2001
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09-19-2001
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09-26-2001
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10-01-2001
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10-03-2001
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10-17-2001
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10-24-2001
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10-31-2001
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11-07-2001
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11-14-2001
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