May 22, 2009
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"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]
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
Ned Vizzini | Writing
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.
Be More Chill -- Germany (Paperback)
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 in addition to a hardcover. Same design, no clear jacket.
Be More Chill - Italy (Paperback)
June 27, 2005
In Italy, Be More Chill has been published by Mondadori, Italy's largest publishing group, with the title "Datti Una Mossa".

I've been getting very cool letters from Italy like the one below. Thanks so much to everyone who has gotten the book in Italy; I really apprecaite the mail.

Hi Ned!First of all,I want to tell you that I'm Italian,so please forgive me if my English isn't perfect.I bought your "Be more chill" (in Italian,obviously)just yesterday and I have already read it.Last night.Well,it's great,congratulations,even though the end it's a bit...oh,you know what I'm talking about! :-) !

Ok,the reason why I'm writing is that I'm 19 years old and I really,really love writing books.Both novels and short stories.I've been writing since I was 7 and I won 2...can I say "competitions"?I'd really like to become a writer,because it's the only things that makes me free and makes me fly,if you know what I mean:I think so.

Do you have the Italian edition of the book? Email me.
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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!
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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
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