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Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good | [Kevin Smith]

Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

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 twenty-four 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Why he has accepted Ferris Bueller as his personal savior, and what the Tenets of Buellerism can teach about hiding in plain sight and lip-syncing in the face of danger
  • Why it's really fun to eat but not so fun to be fat
  • What to do about people who don't like your policies ( for starters, tell them to pucker up and smooch your big ol' butt)
  • What Kevin's idol Wayne Gretzky can teach us about creativity and direction

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

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    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-07-12
    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny Sh*t!"
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    Great comedic insight into the inner workings of the movie industry and a coming of age book while working in the '90s-'00's. That is funny Sh*t! Listen only if you aren't offended by the word vernacular word for semen, and/or you like Kevin Smith movies.


    What other book might you compare Tough Sh-t to and why?

    No idea.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Tough Sh-t?

    There is some Tough Sh*t and you need to have some humor to get through it. There are some great Zen-like insights. Jennifer Swaback Smith has the patience of a nun to put up with Kevin. Great stories.


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    B. Wonders Defiance, OH USA 05-07-12
    B. Wonders Defiance, OH USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good advice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but knowing that Kevin is a free spirit, I would imagine that he put something extra into the audio edition.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of how difficult Bruce Willis was to work with on the set of "Cop-Out" was easily my favorite. He describes, in detail, the painful process of getting work out of someone who did not seem to want to perform.


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    jleclaire 05-07-12
    jleclaire 05-07-12
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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    I am a big fan of Kevin Smith and this book just fills in some of the blanks. I love the relationships that he has with those around him.


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    To hear it in his own voice made it that much more real. I listen to him on podcasts and wouldn't have been able to listen to the story if it was read by someone else.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, read it, own it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Dickmann Shoreline, WA USA 04-30-12
    Mark Dickmann Shoreline, WA USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Kevin did a great job of reading his own book and it was a lot of fun listening to him.


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    Jenny america 04-30-12
    Jenny america 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Smith funny s--t"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny as s--t


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin Smith as ord hos story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Shouting whith Willis


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Funny and not for the prude

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-30-12
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-30-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Fantastic. Only if you like fart and dick jokes"

    What can you say? This is distilled Kevin Smith, and virtually everything he's liable to talk about. The guy is a great story teller and in the process, lets you know more about him than most people are willing to disclose to their friends. Of course, all of this is surrounded by really crude, infantile humor, so if you don't like that, don't go there.

    If, as I do, you do like that, best get some astronaut diapers before starting on this one.

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    Espen Oslo, Norway 04-30-12
    Espen Oslo, Norway 04-30-12
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    "Funny stories from the life of Kevin Smith"
    Would you listen to Tough Sh-t again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to Tough Sh-t again. Here's why: Kevin Smith (or should I say Mr. PodCast) is a funny guy. Especially when he talks about episodes from his own life. He talks about his early days of film making to his so-so encounter with superstar Bruce Willis when filming Cop Out. And you get to know all about how he met his wife +++ (the X-rated version)


    What did you like best about this story?

    His telling of it !


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Himself !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth TINLEY PARK, IL, United States 04-26-12
    Elizabeth TINLEY PARK, IL, United States 04-26-12
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    "Harley's essay made me cry! What an awesome girl."
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, articulate, enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    The chapter on George Carlin also made me cry!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter when Kevin met and fell in love with Jennifer


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Tough Sh-t?

    That a brilliant mind is more beneficial to you than where you came from or what you appear to look like.


    Any additional comments?

    I just really love the way Kevin's mind works, and I think their's is a fun and very cool life. He's very down to earth for a person that's accomplished what he has, and he seems nice, and that is a great quality in a father, husband, relative, friend or partner. I can't wait until he comes back to the Chicago area so that I can go see him (and hopefully Ralph Garman too) in person.

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    Chad MESQUITE, NV, United States 04-25-12
    Chad MESQUITE, NV, United States 04-25-12
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    "This was a phenomenal book! Hard to stop listening"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audible book I purchased through audible, truth be told it's the first book I've read/listened to in many many years. Reason I decided to sign up for audible was due to Kevin Smith himself narrating this book himself, which added so very much to it (especially with his side stories he threw in that were not in the book).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every chapter was just as entertaining as the last, cover to cover was my favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Constaint laughs, as well as some very serious points when he is talking about his dad.


    Any additional comments?

    Love him or hate him there is no reason everyone shouldn't give this a listen, you will be very entertained for the duration. If you have listened to any of his podcasts you may have heard some of the stories before, however...they are always entertaining even on the 5th or 6th listen.

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    Tawnya 04-23-12
    Tawnya 04-23-12
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    "Raw, Fun, and Interesting!"

    Crass…but surprisingly insightful. Smith is interesting and inspired. Although, I am not exceptionally familiar with all of Smith's work, I found his personality, frank honesty, and ability to spin a story extremely fun and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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