Many artists have used their struggles with depression as enhancing their art, and making their work relatable to others who suffer. It was what author Ned Vizinni brought to his work, but unfortunately his struggles ... Read more »
Many artists have used their struggles with depression as enhancing their art, and making their work relatable to others who suffer. It was what author Ned Vizinni brought to his work, but unfortunately his struggles with depression finally ended his life at a tragically young age. Edison Price Vizzini was born on April 4, 1981 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He graduated Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan in 1999, and went on to Hunter College. Vizzini's career got off to a strong start at a very young age. Vizzini was able to turn his struggles with depression and growing pains into a positive by adapting them into his work. Vizzini's first published work appeared in the New York Press, and this led to an article in the New York Times Magazine in May 1998, called, "Teen Angst? Naah..." This article paved the way for Vizzini's first book, which was also titled Teen Angst? Naah.. (2000) which was published when he was 19. Vizzini also wrote for The Daily Beast and The New Yorker. Having to wrestle with depression throughout his life, Vizzini was committed to a psychiatric ward in Brooklyn's Methodist Hospital for five days when he was in his early twenties, an experience he wrote about for the book It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006). Fictionalizing his real-life experiences, Vizzini created a literary alter ego, Craig Gilner, a fifteen-year-old kid struggling with school and not fitting in with his peers. The New York Times Book Review called It's Kind of a Funny Story "an important book" for kids suffering from depression, and for their parents as well. Eventually it turned into a movie in 2010 starring Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts. NPR also called It's Kind of a Funny Story one of the 100 most important young adult novels. Other popular young adult novels from Vizzini followed, including Be More Chill (2004), and The Other Normal (2013). HE also collaborated on a comic book series, House of Secrets, with film director Chris Columbus. He also branched into writing for television on the show "Believe" (NBC 2014- ), which was coproduced by J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. Yet despite his success, Vizzini couldn't overcome the mental illness that plagued him his entire life. He committed suicide on December 19, 2013 at the age of 32. He left behind a wife, Sabra Embury, and a son, Felix.