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
Narrated by the man himself, this book is definitely a must listen for any Kevin Smith fan. And although it's available in text form, the book is best absorbed via Audiobook. The fact that Kevin Smith narrates this alone is enough to hold that opinion. But the way he does it, like he's talking to you in his always funny, passionate and emotional style combined with his little "not in the book" moments gives you the feeling that you are there with him in his living room and he's telling you all these stories personally.
The material itself is, as is usually the case with Kevin Smith, pure gold. I listened to this book in one sitting, and will probably listen to it again sometime. From his early childhood, to his heroes, to a passionate final few chapters about his family, this book is a great way to get to know the man behind (and silently in front of) the camera.
A couple of things you should keep in mind: first, I have been a huge Kevin Smith fan for years. I own and have watched all of his movies numerous times (except maybe Jersey Girl). I have some of his Q&A shows on DVD and watch those once in a while, and I have the Clerks cartoon. I also listen to his SModCast network of podcasts. So read the above review with that in mind. Second, if you are also a fan like me, you'll love this but a lot of material will be stuff you've probably already heard elsewhere in the View Askew/SModCo universe.
Great overall read and a wonderful alternate view on life. Definitely some things that one can take away and an enjoyable listen at the same time!
Its a very good listen. But it does seem very name droppy. I didnt know half the people that were spoke about but apart from that it was a very enjoyable listen.
The no holds bard approach.
The initial introduction.
Had a few laughs during the listen
I love Kevin Smith, Clerks, Chasing Amy, and my favorite, Dogma. Okay, I didn't care for Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But that is me. Point is if you like Kevin Smith, his movies and his humor than you'll like this book a lot. And even tell your friends about, like I did.
If you want to get into the movie biz or screenplay writing, then this is required reading/hearing.
Tough Sh*t is Smith in the raw standing before you. Stomach that. And he gets pretty raw with language and stories about his life. -- This is not for the kids to hear -- But in the end you walk away knowing more about who he is, why he is the way he is, how the movie industry works/or doesn't work, and most all why Kevin Smith is a really cool guy.
The fact that he came from very little--very little--he hasn't forgotten his roots, he achieved his goals in his 20's and much more by 40, well, there is a lot to learn from a guy like this. And even if you are like me and didn't care for the Porno movie, Smith shows us that The American Dream is still alive. You just have to be willing to go for it.
yes, it's always great to hear kev telling his own tales.
kevin discussing his reaction to the BS dealt to him by southwest airlines
what a JERK bruce willis really is!
if you're a fan of kevin smith you'll love this
I love Kevin Smith's sense of humor.
I loved all the behind the scenes stories.... especially the one about Bruce Willis. I too had always thought Bruce was great as David in Moonlighting and had somehow transposed his fun, witty and adorable persona onto Bruce Willis for some reason. Finding out that Bruce is squirrel turd really killed one of my self inflicted livable lies similar to that of the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, that Bruce really was David Addison and not just some douche acting like a fun, witty adorable cool guy.
The hockey thing all makes sense now. I didn't know before. Also I like that of course Kevin Smith would work in quirky love story even here. Bravo
Haven't listened to other books, but I thought that "An Evening with Kevin Smith" was far better for stories and such.
The knowledge that he got high before reading it.
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to so far. It was one of those that I couldn't stop listening to and came back to over and over in my spare moments until it was done.
No one but Kevin could have read this story. "Silent Bob" is actually one of the most eloquent and entertaining speakers and writers around today.
If you are a fan of Smith's films this is a must-have. Even if you are not, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories and just plain good insights about his life and life in general to make this worth your while.
Be warned, Kevin Smith is often raunchy and profane, but he is always sensitive, intelligent and funny. Also, some of the material has been presented in his live Q&A videos before (I've watched all of them) but the stories are here clarified and polished for the book.
I highly recommend this to Smith fans, those interested in filmmaking or anyone who likes biographies.
Interesting listen. Held my attention all the way through, but I don't want to listen to it again, which is my way of distinguishing a good listen from a great listen.
I don't know what this book is missing. It's good. Anyone interested in how films get made should buy it. It's just not a great listen like the ones from some of my favorite authors like Michael Connelly, Alistair Reynolds, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ken Follett, Michael Crichton, Peter Hamilton, Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon trilogy), etc. The books they write I can listen to over and over again. And I do.
So 4 stars, Kevin. And good luck on your next projects.
For people who have been following Kevin Smith work outside his movies this book has a mix of old stories you have heard and new ones. It is a wonderful look into his past and what he did to get to where he is, and why he did it. The stories he tells are very frank and full of passion and the audio sounds like he is speaking to you directly.
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