October 19, 2010
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Review of Arthur Nersesian's Mesopotamia
The L Magazine

Review of Tom Bissel's Extra Lives
The L Magazine

Bridge Between Generations [review of Louis Sachar's THE CARDTURNER]
New York Times

Today in Young People's Fantasy: A YA Lit Round-Up
The L Magazine

"Jersey Girls" [review of Beth Ann Bauman's "Rosie & Skate"]
New York Times

"King of the Screw-Ups" and "The Vast Fields of Ordinary" [2-book review]
New York Times

Our Favorite Writers Pick Their Favorite Obscure Books (Ned Vizzini: "The Assistant," by Robert Walser)
Village Voice

"Young and in the Way" [review of Neal Shusterman's book Unwind]
New York Times

States Need to Follow Harvard: End Loans Completely
Huffington Post

Review of "Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps"
The L Magazine

"Adventura" [short story]
Word Riot

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]

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

Ned Vizzini | Writing
It's Kind of a Funny Story [German] [Hardcover or Paperback]
Published by Rockbuch Verlag. Winner of the Golden Lufti!
Be More Chill - UK (Paperback)
July 5, 2004
[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
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 deadline

Here we go:

p.25 Who is Rick James?
47 dur
64 phillies
70 pimpin
85 seeing eye dogs
87 poonanti
107 hairy necessaries
126 palsy, palsy-ish
214 For a guy, theres 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.
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2010
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces
Many of these links are broken due to link rot; I am restoring them as time allows. -- 3/18/09

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

Sick Passenger [possibly my best story ever]
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

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

Since When: Moral Court and Knockers the Klown; DJ Wake N Bake Dave Plays Rock at Barmacy; Pete Best at Rebar
New York Press

Since When: Bowie, Moby, Merchant and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Play for Tibet House; The Rev. Vince is a Bootleg Gospel Tom Waits; Meet Godfrey Cheshire!
New York Press

Since When: 777-BARS; Old-School Hiphop at S.O.B.s; Weezer Plays for Nerds; Underground Film and Latvian Punk
New York Press

Park Slopes Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
New York Press

Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
New York Press

Since When: Rocket from the Crypt and the Gotohells; The Memoir Thing Continues; An Amateur Monster-Wrestling Troupe; Mardi Gras Notes
New York Press

Since When: Those Damn Beatles; Concrete TV; The Dropkick Murphys, Reach the Sky and Lars and the Bastards at Wetlands; C.J. Sullivan Live!
New York Press

Since When: Spike & Mikes Sick and Twisted Animation Festival; The Soft Boys and Other Puss Music; A Malian Demi-Goddess; Miles Davis; Upright Citizens Brigade
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