January 14, 2008
Recent Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces








12-12-2007
States Need to Follow Harvard: End Loans Completely
Huffington Post
09-10-2007
Occupational Oppression (dirt bagger job)
SMITH Magazine
08-02-2007
Recommendation: It's Every Child's Duty to Lick a Dangerous Toy!
Huffington Post
07-12-2007
"Mom" [short story from The L Magazine's 2nd Annual Summer Fiction Issue]
The L Magazine
07-02-2007
Clink Slammer Hoosegow
SMITH Magazine
07-01-2007
Hocus Potus [review]
New York Press
06-27-2007
Where the Wild Things Are
The New York Sun
06-25-2007
"Beauty" Short Story [I like how this one came out]
3:AM Magazine
06-11-2007
The Page 69 Test: It's Kind of a Funny Story
The Page 69 Test
06-01-2007
An Impelling Force: Impetus Books
Bookslut
05-28-2007
The Problem with Fram
Huffington Post
05-24-2007
Interview with Rasmus Holmen
Largehearted Boy
05-13-2007
High Anxiety [review of American-Born Chinese and Stuck in The Middle]
New York Times
05-01-2007
Man (My second published poem)
Dogmatika.com
05-01-2007
My Small Movie Date Story
SMITH Magazine
05-01-2007
Interview with Tao Lin
Bookslut
05-01-2007
Review: Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
Bookslut
04-19-2007
Interview with Lexy Benaim (Harlem Shakes)
Largehearted Boy
04-02-2007
"Nose" - a short story I got paid $30 for!!
Underground Voices
04-01-2007
Working Class
Writer's Digest
04-01-2007
BOOKS WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT (5 favorites of mine) (scroll down to see)
hipsterbookclub.com
03-15-2007
"Drum 'N' Bass" [poem]
Dogmatika.com
03-04-2007
Straight Talk on Antidepressants [panel discussion]
Sirens Magazine
02-23-2007
Ned Vizzini's Five Favorite Songs
3:AM Magazine
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)
Ned Vizzini | Writing
It's Kind of a Funny Story Paperback
05/01/2007
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My third book: depression and redemption in the psych hospital.

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

"Comparisons with Sylvia Plaths The Bell Jar seem inevitable... The overall message that depression is not shameful, and that sufferers are not freaks of nature, is 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 - Hardcover
April 1, 2006
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"The book is TERRIFIC I just loved it and will recommend it all over the place to teen and adult readers. You have a unique ability to convey deep and complicated feeling through simple, funny and sweet prose." -- Rachel Cohn, author of Gingerbread, Shrimp, The Steps, and Two Steps Forward

"I wanted to tell you how much I liked It's Kind of a Funny Story. Your descriptions of depression are so accurate and heartbreaking. One of my favorite metaphors was on the first page when you describe trying to talk like words coming out in chunks from a crushed-ice dispenser. So true." -- Ariel Schrag, creator of the graphic novels Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise

It's Kind of a Funny Story is my third book. It's the story of Craig Gilner, a kid in high school who gets freaked out, wants to kill himself, and checks into the psych hospital. The book details the week he spends there and how he gets his life... well, not together. But alive.

It's based, not too loosely, on my own experience on the good ol' adult psychiatric floor of Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, which I entered when I wanted to kill myself in November 2004. Yay! I've managed to stay out since then, although I've wanted to go back many a time.

There is a Myspace for the book at myspace.com/ikoafs. Press for the book is posted as it appears right here.
Be More Chill - US Paperback
September 14, 2005
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[click cover for hi-res image]

Be More Chill is the story of a guy who gets a pill that makes him cool. The pill is called a "squip"--it's actually a quantum computer that lives in your brain and gives you real-time social advice. The kid is named Jeremy Heere. And that's about what you need to know.

"A fresh, spontaneous and original voice. It's fun, wacky, outrageous. I just couldn't stop reading."
-- Judy Blume

For more about the squip itself and the campaign that went along with it, watch the squip video (warning--it may take a while to load).
Be More Chill - US Hardcover
June 1, 2004
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"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
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2008
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces








09-05-2001
Since When: 9-5-01 [last one before 9/11]
New York Press
09-12-2001
Since When: 9-12-01 [post 9/11, but written pre-9/11]
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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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11-21-2001
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11-28-2001
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12-05-2001
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12-12-2001
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12-19-2001
Since When: 12-19-01
New York Press
12-26-2001
Since When: 12-26-01 [last of 2001]
New York Press
01-02-2002
Since When: Christmas in Barbados; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press
01-09-2002
Since When: Post-Holiday Shopping: the Rolodisc, Feel-Good Gadget of the Year; Pretty T-Shirts Cost a Pretty Penny (for Charity) at Halcyon; Domseys Warehouse Is Cheap-Ass Paradise; Personal Stock Tips
New York Press
01-16-2002
Since When: Atlantis Has Been Found by Canadians and Commies, If Anyone Cares; Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar; "Russian Comedians" Rock Brooklyn Variety Show; Comic Books Honor 9/11; Future Is Now at Remote Lounge
New York Press
01-23-2002
Since When: Japanese Animation Makes Another Run at the Mainstream; Girls Against Boys Makes Another Run at Indie Cred; Gravity Kills Makes Most Girls Run Away; Reactions Presents 9/11 Art; Charles "Hungry" Hardy Prepares to Eat Matzoh Balls
New York Press
01-30-2002
Since When: Two Thursday Parties; 90s Compilations Attack; 3rd Degree; Knitting Factory Turns 15
New York Press
02-06-2002
Since When: Mike Daisey Rips Amazon.com; Sights Top Strokes; Reid Paley/Spirit Caravan; Nuns & Cyborgs [PROBABLY MY FAVE COLUMN]
New York Press
02-13-2002
Since When: Broad-Spectrum Valentines Tips
New York Press
02-20-2002
Since When: Kurt Cobain Turns 35; A Winter Semi-Formal; 13-Minute Quickie Therapy Sessions; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press
02-27-2002
Since When: Scissorfight; Franzeses Bully Party; Stony Awards; More Shopping and Fucking
New York Press
03-06-2002
Since When: Swedes at CB's; Cui Jan at Joes Pub; Puny Human; the Whitney Sez "Chill"
New York Press
03-13-2002
Since When: Quantum3s Light Dance; 63OCPBMF Probes Oppenheimer; Wesley Willis Harmony Joyride; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press
03-20-2002
Since When: Global Warming; Den of Cins Oscar Night; Matthew Feinman; Super Soul at Mercury
New York Press
03-27-2002
Since When: Dantes Inferno; Woman Does the Voice of Dog that Sings Like Cat; Free Biennial
New York Press
04-03-2002
Since When: 4-3-02 [Happy 21st B-Day to Me!]
New York Press
04-10-2002
Since When: 4-10-02 [I was wrapping up the column at this point...]
New York Press
04-17-2002
Since When: 4-17-02 [bye-bye column, hello Be More Chill]
New York Press
05-21-2002
A Summer Guide for the Well-Endowed Man [this is the one about me having a large penis]
New York Press
05-22-2002
'Star Wars 2' Fits Right Into the Palm of Your Hand
Newsday
09-03-2002
Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For the Deaf [review]
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
11-01-2002
Come As You Are [Review of Kurt Cobain Journals]
New York Press
11-14-2002
Jackass Kicks Hollywood Back Where it Belongs
Newsday
THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER OF BE MORE CHILL
I also considered using a picture of The Forbidden Castle, a choose your own adventure book
The Forbidden Chapter