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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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    Robert Amarillo, TX, United States 04-17-12
    Robert Amarillo, TX, United States 04-17-12
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    "Crude, rude,& everything elese we love about Smith"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely fantastic. Smith comes off as very honest and genuine. He exudes charm and charisma. I listened to the entire book in one sitting. A definite must read/listen too.


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

    I enjoyed the entire book, but the most memorable part for me is the review his daughter wrote for him. It is incredibly sweet and touching.


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

    His sense of humor really makes the listen more enjoyable. I love when he deviates from the page.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Get ready to lose your SH*T"


    Any additional comments?

    This book is truly inspiring and funny as hell! I loved it!!!!!!!

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    Robert Ulrich Allentown, PA 04-16-12
    Robert Ulrich Allentown, PA 04-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome Book"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole package. Kevin Smith is a master storyteller.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    The way he moves in and out of the book text seamlessly


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    Ray Pickerington, OH, United States 04-16-12
    Ray Pickerington, OH, United States 04-16-12
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    "Great Sh-t: A Funny, Thought Provoking Book"
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    Kev's honesty and openness. I also enjoyed hearing him read the book. It was like listening to a friend talk about things in his life.


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

    I have only listened to his live shows and his podcasts. He is a consummate performer and very easy to listen to.


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

    Family is first and foremost! Also, go where the puck is going not where it has been.


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    CathyGrace LOMBARD, IL, United States 04-16-12
    CathyGrace LOMBARD, IL, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2009

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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Kevin really tries to inspire people. I appreciated his words of encouragement to the reader.


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    Daniel Reno, NV, United States 04-14-12
    Daniel Reno, NV, United States 04-14-12
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    "Still the best spoken wordSmith out there."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Kevin Smith is better using his mouth, in more ways than one.


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

    The Bruce Willis story will forever be my new favorite.


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

    His candor will always be my favorite Kevin Smith trait.


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

    The end with his kid was rather touching.


    Any additional comments?

    For many fans of his podcast or spoken word, you will hear similar stories for the fourth or fifth time. But overall, this audiobook encompasses all of which you love including a few tidbits that you may have never heard.

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    Ossi Lohja, Finland 04-08-12
    Ossi Lohja, Finland 04-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you're a Kevin Smith fan you'll love it. I did."
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    It's an honest story and so Kevin from top to bottom that I couldn't have wished for anything more. What makes this especially great is that Kevin reads the book by himself. It makes a world of difference.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    I like his movies. Not all are great and the guy admits it himself, too :) But it's the honesty behind all this, the need to do something different, something of his own, that counts. For instance I never quite liked Cop Out, in fact it was a terrible movie. But after listening this book I watched it again with a very different eye. After all Kevin had to say about directing Bruce Willis, it's kinda obvious :)


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Kevin's film career is anything but over. Kudos for the book, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    royce Acworth, GA, United States 04-03-12
    royce Acworth, GA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Kevin is a funny guy"

    The language is something you'd expect to hear at a truck stop at best. Once you get over the constant F-bombs it is a very funny book. I'm not a fan of his movies but I do like him.

    The chapter on Bruce Willis is worth the price of the book!

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    Lauri FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 04-02-12
    Lauri FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK!!"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Awesome! Inspiring! Laugh-out Loud lines of real life situations. Will never fly Southwest after reading this and I now have a new insight to Twitter... Will TWEET much more!

    thanks for the great listen!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kevin's whole story


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    Great Guy!


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

    Death before Dignity Always! I will be a better person after this read


    Any additional comments?

    looking forward to seeing your movies!

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    Rebecca Kingston, PA, United States 03-31-12
    Rebecca Kingston, PA, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Probably the best use of a credit since Tina Fey's Bossypants or Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? Smith is funny and engaging, and his stories are heartfelt. While I don't think this will help anyone succeed in any real way, I do think that Smith offers some great insights about life. Highly recommended.

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    Frances P. Kozicz nj 03-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW one of the more compelling books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    With out a doubt because Kevin Smith adds in comments as he reads which makes it funny and more personal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His take on miramax along with his story of meeting his wife Jen


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

    His wife


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

    Yes i was laughing and on the edge of my seat listening


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this book for a few reasons. One i love the words that Kevin uses, he is a very excellent writer and is descriptive. Kevin seems honest especially the different things he went through in the movie business. Lastly, his take on being a parent actually was one aspect of the book i didn't expect to have hit home like it did. Please, even if you do not like Kevin just give this a try, it an interesting read or listen. thanks Kev for this book, i hope you do more books and also with audible.(like he'll read this but one of the best books Ive read.)

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