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
As Kevin Smith relates in this book, his fans already know and love him and go to see his movies and listen to his podcasts, and any fan will love this book about his life thus far. I, for one, enjoyed the earliest chapters where he talked about his beginnings as an artist and the mindset that got him into the business and eventually led to his continued success. The insider stories about his trials with Bruce Willis and Southwest Airlines are told with such heartfelt honesty that you just learn to like the guy even more. His chapters on making Red State and falling in love with his wife and enjoyable reads for any artist looking to find their purpose and/or soul mate. Admittedly, the first audiobook I've ever listened to by a stoned narrator (and you can tell sometimes), it's a great way to spend a couple of hours listening and laughing along with a down-to-earth guy that reminds us all that being an artist requires us to stay true to who we are, no matter the obstacles we face. Great read, Kevin!
The straight and direct voice of the author/narrating is own work
The guts of cuming out and actually saying what had to be said
His funny personnality and straight & upfront language
Be yourself not the money of the industry
I laughed my fu****g ass off as usual with the kevin smith work . congrats
Although I already have the audio version, I was in the bookstore today to look for this book. I couldn't believe the product placement of this brand NEW book. It was hidden in the back of the store. I complained to one of the employees and I told them it was bs that this book was not profiled at the front of the store!!!
Kevin Smith is a genius. There were so many things I liked about this book its hard to pick out just one. But here it is. It has to do with the chapter on his movie Red State. And the reason why I enjoyed it so much is because I had watched Red State on Netflix a month prior and absolutely loved it!!!! But I didn't pay any attention to who made it. There was no way I could have ever dreamed that Kevin Smith was responsible its production. So here it is. Listening to that chapter, and discovering that this man was responsible for that movie, made me love and appreciate Kevin Smith at a whole new level.
The whole book moved me from start to finish. It's hard to explain, but I feel as though Kevin Smith is a kindred spirit. From his reverence for George Carlin, to his brief reference of voodoo economics at the end of the book, this book was, in and of itself, a moving experience. Thank you Kevin for sharing it with me.
I am inspired by the beautiful women, girls, and men who I’ve met over the years that lack the self-esteem to recognize their own beauty.
burn the first draft
This book is not much more than a man with huge Ego and big sense of entitlement, whining about how he is true indie film maker and an ad for his Podcasts. His constant references to his influences, really is a list of who he badly tries to imitate. From George Carlin to Quentin Tarantino, it is more ape like imitation that original thought. It is good that he is against haters of the gay community and champions the rights of the overweight while he slams anyone who has a 9 to 5 job as not being as smart as him. This loud mouth is your worst nightmare to be stuck beside at an airport bar, as he whines about his former boss at Mirimax pictures being a sell out. He thinks he is Bugs Bunny, but the truth is more like Foghorn Leghorn.
If you love Kevin Smith, this is for you. If you like Kevin Smith… not so much. This is his chronicled life story, which I am not interested in. I thought it would be a bunch of insights on different life topics. While his "insights" are semi woven into his biography its not what I was looking for. Even though I think him to be very clever and creative I just don't care about his story.
Good, OK, and Meh.
The reading is good but I expected more life advice from the slob and not a life story.
It is funny how he breaks out of the reading for some comments
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