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Lenny Story

By Ned Vizzini

for Leonid Mirer

I was driving and I saw a TV
The dumpster diver inside of me
Arose from a long slumber
And compelled me to leap out of the car,
Screwdriver in hand.

I took the 54″ fretnal lens
Out of the TV
And now
I have a gigantic magnifying glass
That I can use to start fires.

Ned Vizzini is the New York Times bestselling author of young-adult books It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Other Normals, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah…. In television, he has written for MTV’s Teen Wolf and currently writes for NBC’s Believe, forthcoming in March 2014 from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and the New Yorker. He is the coauthor with Chris Columbus of the fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. His work has been translated into 25 languages. He lives in Los Angeles.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013.