February 24, 2007
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03-14-2001
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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03-07-2001
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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03-05-2001
Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
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03-02-2001
Park Slope’s Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
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02-28-2001
Since When: 777-BARS; Old-School Hiphop at S.O.B.’s; Weezer Plays for Nerds; Underground Film and Latvian Punk
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02-21-2001
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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02-14-2001
Since When: Moral Court and Knockers the Klown; DJ Wake ’N’ Bake Dave Plays Rock at Barmacy; Pete Best at Rebar
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02-07-2001
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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01-31-2001
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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01-13-2001
What the Hell is Kaiju?
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11-07-2000
Bjorn Again [concert review]
New York Press
11-05-2000
Schizo Rock [r.i.p., Wesley]
New York Press
10-25-2000
Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press
01-03-2000
Peak Contraction [me at the gym]
New York Press
01-01-1999
She Shits on the Shit Seat [Subway Poop Story]
New York Press
05-17-1998
Teen Angst? Nah!
New York Times
Ned Vizzini | Official Site
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' clichés. 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 cliché, 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
Teen Angst? Naaah... - Black
August 1, 2002
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[click cover for book party pics]

"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 2000-2007
THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER
I also considered using a picture of The Forbidden Castle, a choose your own adventure book
Have you read the forbiiiiiden chapter of Be More Chill? Here's the link.
Early Articles, Reviews, Columns and Web Pieces








05-17-1998
Teen Angst? Nah!
New York Times
01-01-1999
She Shits on the Shit Seat [Subway Poop Story]
New York Press
01-03-2000
Peak Contraction [me at the gym]
New York Press
10-25-2000
Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press
11-05-2000
Schizo Rock [r.i.p., Wesley]
New York Press
11-07-2000
Bjorn Again [concert review]
New York Press
01-13-2001
What the Hell is Kaiju?
New York Press
01-31-2001
Since When: Brent Camponi, Rising Legend, and His TV Show; Natan, Who Sings Like a Bastard; Church Ladies for Choice; A Jeff Buckley Book
New York Press
02-07-2001
Since When: Straight-Edge Vegan Hardcore at Roseland; Cool Japanese Porn; George Tabb Presents Unsigned Bands at CBGB; Some Abused Girls Are Hot
New York Press
02-14-2001
Since When: Moral Court and Knockers the Klown; DJ Wake ’N’ Bake Dave Plays Rock at Barmacy; Pete Best at Rebar
New York Press
02-21-2001
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!
New York Press
02-28-2001
Since When: 777-BARS; Old-School Hiphop at S.O.B.’s; Weezer Plays for Nerds; Underground Film and Latvian Punk
New York Press
03-02-2001
Park Slope’s Nasty, Egg-Throwing Kids
New York Press
03-05-2001
Who Shut Down the NO ID Party?
New York Press
03-07-2001
Since When: Rocket from the Crypt and the Gotohells; The Memoir Thing Continues; An Amateur Monster-Wrestling Troupe; Mardi Gras Notes
New York Press
03-14-2001
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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03-21-2001
Since When: Spike & Mike’s 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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03-28-2001
Since When: New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; The People’s Poetry Gathering; Cutthroats 9 Play CBGB; Ned Does Soho
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04-04-2001
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04-11-2001
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04-18-2001
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04-25-2001
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05-02-2001
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05-16-2001
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05-23-2001
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05-30-2001
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06-06-2001
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06-13-2001
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06-20-2001
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06-27-2001
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07-04-2001
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07-11-2001
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07-18-2001
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07-25-2001
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08-01-2001
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08-08-2001
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08-15-2001
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08-22-2001
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08-29-2001
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09-05-2001
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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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