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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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    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

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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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    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.

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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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    "A Lot Of Fun"
    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 sweden 04-30-12
    Jenny sweden 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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