Author and speaker Ned Vizzini created three of the touchstone young-adult books of the 2000s: It's Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... He has written about literature, adolescence, and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, and Huffington Post. He currently reviews books for L Magazine. His work has been translated into seven languages. His next novel, The Other Normals, will be published in the fall of 2012. He lives in Los Angeles, where he writes for television and film, with his wife, Sabra Embury, and their young son.

In 2008, people were talking about a ‘post-racial’ America. But now that race is back at center stage, the times are ripe for Patrice Evans’s Negropedia, a funny/serious dissection of the racial landscape, says Ned Vizzini.

Dec. 21st 2013 4:00 PM — Ned Vizzini was a gifted young-adult novelist who tragically took his own life Friday at the age of 32. In 2011, he wrote this essay for The Daily Beast on 60 years of Holden Caulfield, how he defined what it meant to be outside the system, and the hunt to make him relevant again.