Friday, 10 January 2014

Kendal's Column: Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini in 2012 (photo by Sabra Embury).jpg
Recently , news broke that author Ned Vizzini took his own life aged 32.

Ned Vizzini wrote openly about teenage struggles with depression and anxiety and underwent treatment in a psychiatric ward in Brooklyn in 2004.
He later wrote about his own experiences in his novel 'It's a funny kind of story' which is based on the 5 days he spent on the ward.

Vizzini started his writing career at a young age, writing for the New york Press at age 15 and having his first article in The Times at 17 (an essay titled 'Teen Angst? Nah!' which aimed to advise teens about drugs, sex and other adolescent troubles. Two years later, whilst at college, he published his first book, a collection of works( 'Teen Angst?naaaah?')
He continued to write numerous TV episodes or shows such as 'Teen Wolf', 'last resort' among others. He also proceeded to write for The New Yorker and The LA Times along with other publications.

I have read Vizzini's books and, to me, they will always be some of the most relatable books i have ever read. He was a truly talented writer- I would recommend his work to anyone.

Rest In Peace.


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