September 10, 2011
Reviews and Other Writing

The Page 69 Test: It's Kind of a Funny Story
The Page 69 Test

An Impelling Force: Impetus Books

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)

My Small Movie Date Story
SMITH Magazine

Interview with Tao Lin

Review: Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster

Interview with Lexy Benaim (Harlem Shakes)
Largehearted Boy
Recent Blog Posts

Ned Vizzini | Writing
It's Kind of a Funny Story (Film Tie-in) [Paperback] [Kindle]
August 31, 2010
The film tie-in edition of It's Kind of a Funny Story features a brain-map title page inspired by the art in the book and the original cover. It looks something like this, an image that Focus Features provided to Hyperion Books in summer 2010:

FUNNY STORY Brain Map (c) Focus Features

For more about the art from the film, see here: Don't Trip..Yet: Visual: It's Kind of a Funny Story.

Thanks to everyone who has made this edition possible, including everybody at Hyperion Books, Focus Features, and all readers old and new.

The text is the same as the 2007 paperback edition.

On September 24, 2010, the book was released for the Amazon Kindle with this cover.

You can hear me read the first chapter of the book here:

You can also hear it at
Be More Chill (US) [Paperback]
September 14, 2005
Be More Chill is the story of a guy in high school 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.

  • "A fresh, spontaneous and original voice. It's fun, wacky, outrageous. I just couldn't stop reading."
    -- Judy Blume

Be More Chill was the first young adult book ever selected for the Today Show Book Club:

For more about the squip campaign that ran from 2004-2005 to support the book, watch the squip video (warning: it may take a while to load).

For more about the scientific plausibility of the squip, check the squip watch.
Teen Angst? Naaah... (2010) [Paperback]
September 14, 2010
The 2010 edition of Teen Angst? Naaah..., published by Random House, contains an afterword written by me in 2009 as well as revised footnotes.

The book does not have illustrations (as do the two earlier editions).

Thank you so much to everyone who has made this book a success since its original publication in 2000!

Readers of the book may be interested in two videos related to it:

  1. The Attack of the Turtle film
    (from the essay "Cable Access Says No"):

  2. The music of Wormwhole
    (from the essay "Are We Alternative Now?"):

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Early Articles, Reviews, and Columns
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Teen Angst? Nah!
[the piece that inspired the book]
New York Times

Sick Passenger
[possibly my best story ever]
New York Press

Bad Barber
[REJECTED by New York Press, previously unpublished]
New York Press

Peak Contraction
[me at the gym]
New York Press

Why I Still Hate Rap
New York Press

Schizo Rock
[RIP, Wesley]
New York Press

Bjorn Again
New York Press

What the Hell is Kaiju?
New York Press

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

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