May 22, 2009
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"Young and in the Way" [review of Neal Shusterman's book Unwind]
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States Need to Follow Harvard: End Loans Completely
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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
Bookslut

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)
Dogmatika.com

My Small Movie Date Story
SMITH Magazine

Interview with Tao Lin
Bookslut

Review: Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
Bookslut

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)
hipsterbookclub.com

"Drum 'N' Bass" [poem]
Dogmatika.com

Straight Talk on Antidepressants [panel discussion]
Sirens Magazine

Ned Vizzini's Five Favorite Songs
3:AM Magazine

An Interview with Nick Antosca
Bookslut

The Three Best Books of 2006
Professor Barnhardt's Journal

My First Kiss
SMITH Magazine
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
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).
Teen Angst? Naaah... - Black
August 1, 2002
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"Ned Vizzini is a young genius! And if he was old, he would be an old genius. Teen Angst? Naaah... is zany, tender, and hysterically funny."
-- Jonathan Ames

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

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

Published by Random House.

This sort of came out of nowhere. Teen Angst? Naaah... had been released in its trade format by Free Spirit two years before, and I had busted my ass getting the word out about it on radio interviews and at schools. Then Judy, the president of Free Spirit, told me that Random House wanted to buy the book and put out their own version. I said great. I went into the RH offices, which had a coffee machine on which you could select light/medium/strong for one of eight flavors (including amaretto) and get frothy white-chocolate hot chocolate.

My new editor, Marissa Walsh (who went on to publish the Not that I'm Jealous or Anything anthology and is now pursuing her own writing), did a great job making some changes to the text (mostly dates, which I wanted to get out of the book so it would age a little better) and we released it with a big party at Siberia Bar in Mahattan. You can see the party pictures if you want--I think many of them capture my friends at the peak of their attractive youth.

Later on at the party Tracey, the Siberia owner, brought me into the bathroom and tried to get me to write a book for him for $15,000. Fun times. He claimed to have some serious dirt on Hillary Clinton.
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2009
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces
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