March 11, 2008
Recent Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces

Prey by Michael Crichton [review]
New York Press
Jackass Kicks Hollywood Back Where it Belongs
Come As You Are [Review of Kurt Cobain Journals]
New York Press
Michael Wants His Books Back
New York Press
The Museum of Sex [w/Jessica Wakeman]
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Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For the Deaf [review]
New York Press
'Star Wars 2' Fits Right Into the Palm of Your Hand
A Summer Guide for the Well-Endowed Man [this is the one about me having a large penis]
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Since When: 4-17-02 [bye-bye column, hello Be More Chill]
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Since When: 4-10-02 [I was wrapping up the column at this point...]
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Since When: 4-3-02 [Happy 21st B-Day to Me!]
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Since When: Danteís Inferno; Woman Does the Voice of Dog that Sings Like Cat; Free Biennial
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Since When: Global Warming; Den of Cinís Oscar Night; Matthew Feinman; Super Soul at Mercury
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Since When: Quantum3ís Light Dance; 63OCPBMF Probes Oppenheimer; Wesley Willisí Harmony Joyride; Mini-Blurbs
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Since When: Swedes at CB's; Cui Jan at Joeís Pub; Puny Human; the Whitney Sez "Chill"
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Since When: Scissorfight; Franzeseís Bully Party; Stony Awards; More Shopping and Fucking
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Since When: Kurt Cobain Turns 35; A Winter Semi-Formal; 13-Minute Quickie Therapy Sessions; Mini-Blurbs
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Since When: Broad-Spectrum Valentineís Tips
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Since When: Mike Daisey Rips; Sights Top Strokes; Reid Paley/Spirit Caravan; Nuns & Cyborgs [PROBABLY MY FAVE COLUMN]
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Since When: Two Thursday Parties; 90s Compilations Attack; 3rd Degree; Knitting Factory Turns 15
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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
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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
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Since When: Post-Holiday Shopping: the Rolodisc, Feel-Good Gadget of the Year; Pretty T-Shirts Cost a Pretty Penny (for Charity) at Halcyon; Domseyís Warehouse Is Cheap-Ass Paradise; Personal Stock Tips
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Since When: Christmas in Barbados; Mini-Blurbs
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Since When: 12-26-01 [last of 2001]
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Since When: 11-28-01
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Since When: 11-21-01
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Ned Vizzini | Writing
It's Kind of a Funny Story Paperback
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 Plathís 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
"The book is TERRIFIC Ė 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 Press for the book is posted as it appears right here.
Be More Chill - US Paperback
September 14, 2005

[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

Teen Angst? Nah!
New York Times
She Shits on the Shit Seat [Subway Poop Story]
New York Press
Peak Contraction [me at the gym]
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Why I Still Hate Rap
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Schizo Rock [r.i.p., Wesley]
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Bjorn Again [concert review]
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Review of Marilyn Manson "Holy Wood"
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What the Hell is Kaiju?
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Since When: Brent Camponi, Rising Legend, and His TV Show; Natan, Who Sings Like a Bastard; Church Ladies for Choice; A Jeff Buckley Book
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Since When: Straight-Edge Vegan Hardcore at Roseland; Cool Japanese Porn; George Tabb Presents Unsigned Bands at CBGB; Some Abused Girls Are Hot
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Since When: Moral Court and Knockers the Klown; DJ Wake íNí Bake Dave Plays Rock at Barmacy; Pete Best at Rebar
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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!
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Since When: 777-BARS; Old-School Hiphop at S.O.B.ís; Weezer Plays for Nerds; Underground Film and Latvian Punk
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Park Slopeís Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
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Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
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Since When: Rocket from the Crypt and the Gotohells; The Memoir Thing Continues; An Amateur Monster-Wrestling Troupe; Mardi Gras Notes
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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 & Mikeís Sick and Twisted Animation Festival; The Soft Boys and Other Puss Music; A Malian Demi-Goddess; Miles Davis; Upright Citizens Brigade
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Since When: New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; The Peopleís Poetry Gathering; Cutthroats 9 Play CBGB; Ned Does Soho
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Since When: 4-4-01
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