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
Lafter, though provoking, and tears. Great book.
Kevin's little aside comments when narrating.
Him on stage
His dad went out screaming
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Touching. Funny. Lewd.
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.
Kevin's joy and satisfaction at having an idol, Tarantino, appreciate his work.
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.
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.
Just another geek from Jersey…
Funny, compelling, and insightful.
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.
If you can avoid being too PC, well worth checking out.
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.
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!!!
Yeah, twice back to back, then again a month later.
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.
it is my first.
Kevin Smith :)
That his father died screaming and always hating his job. And the fact that the experience made Kevin to always follow his dreams.
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!
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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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