December 28, 2008
Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces









"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
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
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).
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2008
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces









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

Since When: Two Thursday Parties; 90s Compilations Attack; 3rd Degree; Knitting Factory Turns 15
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Since When: Mike Daisey Rips Amazon.com; Sights Top Strokes; Reid Paley/Spirit Caravan; Nuns & Cyborgs [PROBABLY MY FAVE COLUMN]
New York Press

Since When: Broad-Spectrum Valentines Tips
New York Press

Since When: Kurt Cobain Turns 35; A Winter Semi-Formal; 13-Minute Quickie Therapy Sessions; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press

Since When: Scissorfight; Franzeses Bully Party; Stony Awards; More Shopping and Fucking
New York Press

Since When: Swedes at CB's; Cui Jan at Joes Pub; Puny Human; the Whitney Sez "Chill"
New York Press

Since When: Quantum3s Light Dance; 63OCPBMF Probes Oppenheimer; Wesley Willis Harmony Joyride; Mini-Blurbs
New York Press

Since When: Global Warming; Den of Cins Oscar Night; Matthew Feinman; Super Soul at Mercury
New York Press

Since When: Dantes Inferno; Woman Does the Voice of Dog that Sings Like Cat; Free Biennial
New York Press

Since When: 4-3-02 [Happy 21st B-Day to Me!]
New York Press

Since When: 4-10-02 [I was wrapping up the column at this point...]
New York Press

Since When: 4-17-02 [bye-bye column, hello Be More Chill]
New York Press

A Summer Guide for the Well-Endowed Man [this is the one about me having a large penis]
New York Press

'Star Wars 2' Fits Right Into the Palm of Your Hand
Newsday

Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For the Deaf [review]
New York Press

Michael Wants His Books Back
New York Press

The Museum of Sex [w/Jessica Wakeman]
New York Press

Come As You Are [Review of Kurt Cobain Journals]
New York Press

Jackass Kicks Hollywood Back Where it Belongs
Newsday