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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were too many to count.
Listen to it, read it, own it.
Kevin did a great job of reading his own book and it was a lot of fun listening to him.
Funny as s--t
Kevin Smith as ord hos story
Shouting whith Willis
Funny and not for the prude
Doctor of misanthropy
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.
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)
His telling of it !
Funny, articulate, enjoyable
The chapter on George Carlin also made me cry!
The chapter when Kevin met and fell in love with Jennifer
That a brilliant mind is more beneficial to you than where you came from or what you appear to look like.
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.
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).
Every chapter was just as entertaining as the last, cover to cover was my favorite.
Constaint laughs, as well as some very serious points when he is talking about his dad.
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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