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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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    jason United States 05-16-12
    jason United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Smith knocked it out of the park."
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lafter, though provoking, and tears. Great book.


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

    Kevin's little aside comments when narrating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Him on stage


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

    His dad went out screaming


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    Ms. Lettie New York, USA 05-15-12
    Ms. Lettie New York, USA 05-15-12
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    "Loved this!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    I think one of the things I enjoyed the most was having Kevin Smith "read" the book himself. Nothing better than getting it from the author themselves! I also like getting a kind of inside perspective on the film industry. It's fascinating to hear his take on the many experiences he's had throughout his career.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy Kevin's way with words and his sense of humor as it colors the many stories he has to share in this particular book.


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

    Again, the listener gets to hear it in his own words. Reading the book I would just be attempting to imagine it in his voice.


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

    The parts of the audiobook that feature his wife Jennifer and his daughter Harley make me tear up without fail. I love that he's such a family man.


    Any additional comments?

    For those not terribly familiar with Kevin just be aware that the man has a tendency to cuss. So if you have an issue with that, this book may not be for you, but if you can get passed that it is definitely worth a listen.

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-12 Member Since 2003

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    "If you enjoy Kevin Smith you'll love this."
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Touching. Funny. Lewd.


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

    Follow Kevin though highs(wink) and lows in this reflection on his life and future. He is, as always, brutally honest and the constant purveyor of real world optimism. The entire book is filled with memorable moments, literally, that's what it is. Much like his talks, interviews, Q&As and podcasts this is a collection of Kevin doing what he does best, telling great stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kevin's joy and satisfaction at having an idol, Tarantino, appreciate his work.


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

    I love hearing Kevin talk about his relationships with people, particularly his wife. He has a fairly unique perspective and does an admirable job of guiding you into his way of looking at the world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are offended by language, sexual descriptions, or drug use then you clearly don't know who Kevin Smith is, otherwise you wouldn't be looking at this book. Kevin does not only use everything listed above, he wallows in it. So don't say you were shocked, don't complain and don't preach. Give it a listen if you are curious or if you like Kevin Smith's work, otherwise you'd likely be happier spending your dough elsewhere.

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    Conrado PATERSON, NJ, United States 05-14-12
    Conrado PATERSON, NJ, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Just another geek from Jersey…

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    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, compelling, and insightful.


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

    I laughed through most of this book. Kevin Smith is, unsurprisingly, an awesomely good storyteller. It's not all about the jokes though; there's more to this book than that. A very good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can avoid being too PC, well worth checking out.

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    Writer author reader. US 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring"

    Kevin Smith is a genius at what he does. I've been a fan for years and could listen to him talk forever. The first part of the book - the semi-lengthy introduction - is Smith at his most vulgar, but get past that and into the book itself and it's pure gold.

    This book made me want to get off the elliptical (which is where I listen to my audio books,) run outside, grab the world by the tail and make it mine. "In this life, if you don't celebrate yourself, who will?" he asks.

    Smith takes you inside his struggles as he navigates through the Weinstein's, Bruce Willis, Hollywood and Southwest Airlines all while maintaining his integrity for his art.

    This doesn't sound like someone reading a book. It's more like hearing a friend tell you his story over a few drinks while relaxing in his home. I highly recommend this book.

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    jason l gannon 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, Kevin has an awesome mind. The way he can paint a picture with his words is among the best, I just wish the book was longer. Like hanging out with your childhood friend you have had since you were both knee high to a grasshopper.

    I listened twice over two days from start to finish and request another book sir, please get on it now, the sooner you start the sooner its done! BTW I'm RFH all the time, I love brownies!!!


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

    Yeah, twice back to back, then again a month later.


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    Kendra 05-08-12
    Kendra 05-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Kevin Smith at his Kevin Smithiest"

    If you enjoy Kevin Smith's Q&As, audio commentary, podcasts etc you'll enjoy this book. Some of the stories have been told other places many times (ie the first time he met/slept with his wife) but there are some new stories and some inspiring ones I've never heard before. The essay his daughter wrote and read about her dad was particularly touching. The audio book has some added asides by Kevin which is a nice bonus.

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    Laura Morales De Vega Mexico City 05-07-12
    Laura Morales De Vega Mexico City 05-07-12

    LauFer

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    "Truly inspiring"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is my first.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin Smith :)


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    Bruce Willis


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That his father died screaming and always hating his job. And the fact that the experience made Kevin to always follow his dreams.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin, is a true inspirer. The book made me realize that it is time to follow my gut and to not give up just because someone told you one time you are not good enough. Kevin Smith ruuuuules!

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    Tristan New York, NY, United States 05-07-12
    Tristan New York, NY, United States 05-07-12
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    "If you're so lazy, how did you write a book?"
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    I very much enjoyed the uplifting spirit of this book, it makes you feel better about your life as if there's a shot for you. Because if Kevin can make it, so can you. I also liked the concept of adding things into the book that aren't on the written page, Kevin's asides if you will, they were enjoyable, however I wish there had been more of them. I love his willingness to be open and honest with his audience, this book really seems to capture Kevin as a person as well as an artist.


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

    I don't know if there is anything similar to this, I mean I guess there are other bios out there, but Kev's got a unique style as both a writer and filmaker which has him playing in a field of his own. Bare in mind it might be the carpark behind a quick stop, but his own field none-the-less.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    "In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life."


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    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-07-12
    Brian albuquerque, NM, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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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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