May 22, 2009
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Q&A; with Everyone's Messiah
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The Two Towers: WFUV vs. WFMU
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Living Online Could Become a Virtual Trap
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Prey by Michael Crichton [review]
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Jackass Kicks Hollywood Back Where it Belongs
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Come As You Are [Review of Kurt Cobain Journals]
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Michael Wants His Books Back
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The Museum of Sex [w/Jessica Wakeman]
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Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For the Deaf [review]
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'Star Wars 2' Fits Right Into the Palm of Your Hand
Newsday

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 Amazon.com; 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: 12-19-01
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Since When: 12-12-01
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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 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
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
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]
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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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