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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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    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 03-28-12
    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A must read/listen for Kevin Smith Fans"

    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!

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    Kiorushi Montreal, QC, Canada 03-27-12
    Kiorushi Montreal, QC, Canada 03-27-12
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    "Brilliant autobiography"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    The straight and direct voice of the author/narrating is own work


    What did you like best about this story?

    The guts of cuming out and actually saying what had to be said


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    His funny personnality and straight & upfront language


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

    Be yourself not the money of the industry


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed my fu****g ass off as usual with the kevin smith work . congrats

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stevan 03-27-12
    Stevan 03-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A MUST BUY"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    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!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Cora Keegan 12-10-13
    Cora Keegan 12-10-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Mr. Smith takes his ego for a walk"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Smith and/or Kevin Smith?

    No


    What could Kevin Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    burn the first draft


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JOEL SPARKS, NV, United States 11-13-13
    JOEL SPARKS, NV, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "No life advice here!"
    What disappointed you about Tough Sh-t?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    What three words best describe Kevin Smith’s performance?

    Good, OK, and Meh.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    none.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P 05-30-12
    P 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable to listen to, but mostly a career story."
    What did you like best about Tough Sh-t? What did you like least?

    The reading is good but I expected more life advice from the slob and not a life story.


    What could Kevin Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More advice.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    It is funny how he breaks out of the reading for some comments


    Did Tough Sh-t inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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