Episode 131 — Ned Vizzini


Ned Vizzini is today’s guest.  He is the award-winning author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah…. In television, he has written for MTV and ABC. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Salon. He is the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets, due out in April 2013.  And his latest novel, The Other Normals, is now availalbe from Balzer & Bray.

Lev Grossman raves

The Other Normals is wildly imaginative, incredibly funny, and weirdly wise. I don’t know where Vizzini gets this stuff —it’s like he’s tapped into the collective unconscious of alienated adolescents everywhere.

And Kirkus says

With a deft sense of humor and a keen ear for funny and realistic teen dialogue, Vizzini explores one teen everyman’s quest to become a hero, one roll of the six-sided die at a time …. Great geeky fun.

Monologue topics:  flu, mail, doubt, self-sabotage, cannabis.