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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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    Elizabeth TINLEY PARK, IL, United States 04-26-12
    Elizabeth TINLEY PARK, IL, United States 04-26-12
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    "Harley's essay made me cry! What an awesome girl."
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, articulate, enjoyable


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

    The chapter on George Carlin also made me cry!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter when Kevin met and fell in love with Jennifer


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

    That a brilliant mind is more beneficial to you than where you came from or what you appear to look like.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Chad MESQUITE, NV, United States 04-25-12
    Chad MESQUITE, NV, United States 04-25-12
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    "This was a phenomenal book! Hard to stop listening"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every chapter was just as entertaining as the last, cover to cover was my favorite.


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

    Constaint laughs, as well as some very serious points when he is talking about his dad.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Tawnya 04-23-12
    Tawnya 04-23-12
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    "Raw, Fun, and Interesting!"

    Crass…but surprisingly insightful. Smith is interesting and inspired. Although, I am not exceptionally familiar with all of Smith's work, I found his personality, frank honesty, and ability to spin a story extremely fun and entertaining.

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    Juan Riverside, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Juan Riverside, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Listen to the story behind the scenes"
    Would you listen to Tough Sh-t again? Why?

    Entertaining listen. Kevin Smith tells it himself and does so in a different style compared to his podcasts. Making it more entertaining.


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

    When he was recounting his experience with Bruce Willis. He talks about it in podcasts and his Q&As. But this is the hard truth of what it was like to work with him.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you listen to the podcasts. You'll still be surprised to hear the things he doesn't tell in podcasts. Kevin Smith also imparts his own inspirations upon the reader. Encouraging readers to pursue their dreams. If you're an average Joe schmoe, worth a listen, because Kevin Smith is a regular guy.

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    robert sebree 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A breath of fresh air...funny, heartfelt and smart"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An easy listen and one of the most surprising books because I didn't expect from the title for it to have so much heart and wisdom sprinkled among the dick jokes. Absolutely my favorite non-fiction audiobook ever.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to decide between the author or the reader on this one...I would have to go with Kevin Smith. His films have always been hit and miss with me but I have always admired and respected him for the way that he thinks outside the box and only uses convention when it makes sense. As someone in his industry he has always been one to keep an eye on because he tends to be way ahead of the pack.


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

    It was hard to put down but very easy to get right back into the stream whenever I picked it up. One of the few books I could enjoy listening to in small pieces when necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that he would occasionally go "off script" and embellish a topic he was reading. It made the book more personal and spontaneous and added extra value to the book. When I write my book I'm going to have Kevin Smith read it....in a studio this time.

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    W. K. Smith 5 acres in Missouri 04-23-12
    W. K. Smith 5 acres in Missouri 04-23-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Kevin Smith Fan"

    Okay, if you aren't a Smithite, you might not get this book. But for those of us who love his movies, Smodcasts, and writing in general, this book is great. The pauses in narration of the book to add off the cuff are hilarious. It was nice to hear the author tell his story in his own words. Not the ghost writers some celebs have.

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    Matthew J. Bastinck 04-23-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, it isnt what I would consider a self help book. His performance is great, the way he talks to you is very engaging, almost as if he is in the room with you just having a conversation. The stories are inspirational for the most part but explain very little as to what part of how his personality helped him get there. He goes off on a few tangents but for the most part are still relevent to the story he is telling. His ego is a bit glaring in this book but considering its basicly a biography explaining how he got to be where he is its rather hard not to.


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    Stephen COAL VALLEY, IL, United States 04-23-12
    Stephen COAL VALLEY, IL, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's the Sh-t!"

    Nicely done and funny as hell, in a sad way sometimes. I nearly wet myself. It's a good listen for almost anyone, it's 'deeper' than you might think. Tough Sh-t is some of Kevin's best work yet, what a story! Thanks for the laughs, even if it was at the expense of the 'to fat to fly' guy...

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    Bruno 04-23-12
    Bruno 04-23-12
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    "Very funny and interesting book"

    Yes, if you have any interest in Kevin Smith, and indie film in the 90's, this is a good read (listen).

    Smith has an excellent voice for reading, and listening to his words in his own voice, made me laugh out loud a lot of times, which probably turned a few heads in the train.

    A very funny book with a good history lesson about indie film, and Marimax. If you've followed Smith for a long time, watched his live shows, and listened to his podcasts, be prepared for some repeats, and that is the only bad thing about the book.

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    Typar Typex NOTTINGHAM, NH, United States 04-19-12
    Typar Typex NOTTINGHAM, NH, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009

    So much to learn, so little time...

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    "I think I know this guy.."

    Everyone has people in their lives that can inspire, that tell great stories, people that can get away with the crazy sh*t that no one else can. You know, those people that walk the walk and talk the talk, the people that were not built with a "verbal filter" and will say anything. People who are self-deprecating to the extreme to just entertain their friends. We all have one or two of these people in our lives.

    Mr. Smith, is not one of them, he is all of them...... and he swears a lot.

    He is also funny.

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