Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices....
Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.
As Kevin's millions of Twitter followers and millions of podcast listeners know, he's the first one to admit his flaws and the last one to care about them. In early 2011, he began using his platform to answer big questions from fans - like "What should I do with my life?"- and he discovered that he had a lot to say. Tough Sh-t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice, including:
For anyone who's out of a job, out of luck, or just out of sugary snack foods, Tough Sh*t is an unabashedly honest guide to getting the most out of doing the least.
©2012 Kevin Smith (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I personally have not seen the print version of this book, but I do think having Kevin narrate his own story brings a very real feel to it. I prefer audio books, so my answer would be yes.
Can't say I know of any other book like this. Perhaps any memoir, but Kevin's is very funny and brings plenty of laughs.
I have not, but I do now. Listening to this book turned me on to Kevin Smith's podcasts, which are equally hilarious.
That if a man like Kevin Smith can accomplish his dreams, so can I.
Like I have said, I never knew who Kevin Smith was. I am too young to know Clerks, and his other movies, but I plan to see it now. The performance is great, even including a few, what I assume are, extras that Kevin adds as commentary to the text. If you have a credit, and are looking for some laughs, I would give this book a shot.
Yes, because kevin smith is, clever, witty, and a true original.
When Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith read her thing to her dad at the end of the book. Very touching after 5+ hours of jokes about what comes in and goes out of genitals. It is a nice tug on the heart strings.
Try it! If you like it check out all the podcast Kevin Smith puts out! If you like the podcast. Download this book!
I would have to rank this book towards the top of my list. I have been a fan of Kevin Smith for a while and enjoy the work he produces. This book isn't too different from other podcasts but it is still a very good listen.
I really enjoy when Kevin Smith quotes Walter Gretzky, father or Wayne Gretzky. I forget the quote but it mentions that a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be and not where the puck is currently located. I think that is pretty good advice. If it worked for the Gretzky family and Kevin Smith then it can work for me too, right?
I have listened to podcasts, q&a, and I have watched his movies. His movies are classics. You are missing out if you haven't watched his work. This book is similar to the podcasts and q&a.
I didn't plan to listen to this all in one sitting but I can easily picture myself finishing the book in one day.
Kevin Smith does a great job with this book. He is a good narrator and he does offer pretty good advice. I would recommend this book for anyone.
Lots of funny
The optimism brought to the table by Kevin
He is a master wordsmith and brings all the emotion necessary to tell his story.
I will take chances with the future and chase whimsies.
George Carlin's Brain Droppings
it was all funny
I strongly recommend this audio book
I love how frank and candid he is, he's real, honest and a true human f'n being! I like the way he reads it, the way his sense of humor is similar to my own.
Go where the "puck" is going to be.
His podcasting website is incredible and I suggest Hollywood Babble On and his show with Scott Mosier. Even though those aren't books, the shows are similar to this audio book recording, except sometimes with an audience.
Narrated by the man himself, this book is definitely a must listen for any Kevin Smith fan. And although it's available in text form, the book is best absorbed via Audiobook. The fact that Kevin Smith narrates this alone is enough to hold that opinion. But the way he does it, like he's talking to you in his always funny, passionate and emotional style combined with his little "not in the book" moments gives you the feeling that you are there with him in his living room and he's telling you all these stories personally.
The material itself is, as is usually the case with Kevin Smith, pure gold. I listened to this book in one sitting, and will probably listen to it again sometime. From his early childhood, to his heroes, to a passionate final few chapters about his family, this book is a great way to get to know the man behind (and silently in front of) the camera.
A couple of things you should keep in mind: first, I have been a huge Kevin Smith fan for years. I own and have watched all of his movies numerous times (except maybe Jersey Girl). I have some of his Q&A shows on DVD and watch those once in a while, and I have the Clerks cartoon. I also listen to his SModCast network of podcasts. So read the above review with that in mind. Second, if you are also a fan like me, you'll love this but a lot of material will be stuff you've probably already heard elsewhere in the View Askew/SModCo universe.
Great overall read and a wonderful alternate view on life. Definitely some things that one can take away and an enjoyable listen at the same time!
Its a very good listen. But it does seem very name droppy. I didnt know half the people that were spoke about but apart from that it was a very enjoyable listen.
The no holds bard approach.
The initial introduction.
Had a few laughs during the listen
I love Kevin Smith, Clerks, Chasing Amy, and my favorite, Dogma. Okay, I didn't care for Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But that is me. Point is if you like Kevin Smith, his movies and his humor than you'll like this book a lot. And even tell your friends about, like I did.
If you want to get into the movie biz or screenplay writing, then this is required reading/hearing.
Tough Sh*t is Smith in the raw standing before you. Stomach that. And he gets pretty raw with language and stories about his life. -- This is not for the kids to hear -- But in the end you walk away knowing more about who he is, why he is the way he is, how the movie industry works/or doesn't work, and most all why Kevin Smith is a really cool guy.
The fact that he came from very little--very little--he hasn't forgotten his roots, he achieved his goals in his 20's and much more by 40, well, there is a lot to learn from a guy like this. And even if you are like me and didn't care for the Porno movie, Smith shows us that The American Dream is still alive. You just have to be willing to go for it.
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