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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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    Joel Smith new paris ohio usa 01-25-13
    Joel Smith new paris ohio usa 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Smarvelous!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would definetly consider the audio edition to be heads and tails above the print version. Kevin Smith is an awesome story teller and what better than to hear, him thell you his story.


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

    The too fat to fly chapter was very memorable because i never knew the entire story, untill now.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    Hmmm when he does his "Jen" voice cracks me up!


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

    Be yourself and follow your dreams!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 01-24-13
    Andy SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 01-24-13
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    "Nice Autobigraphical Overview of KS Life Thus Far"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    You will laugh.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Smith? Why or why not?

    Ummm. Probably not. Not sure I need more detail about his life. This was a nice review and whats happened to him thus far.


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the perfect person to read his own writing. His self deprecation and tone just adds to the humor.


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

    That any loser can be successful. If you work hard you might get lucky and all your dreams can come true. It might not happen but at least you will be in a position to take advantage if it does.

    Always be yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    Good easy read. Nothing earth shattering. Just a nice normal dude relating the peaks and valleys of his interesting life. He is a weird mix of self deprecating and cocky at the same time. His parents taught him to be humble and he employs it well. I do think its funny that his admission of regular pot smoking roughly coincides with his decision to take the easier road of just talking for a living as opposed to continuing on the harder path of writing and creating stories. I hope it works for him. I for one will never listen to one of his podcasts but would gladly see one of his movies. But I am not his core customer. And by god does he know them well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-18-12
    04-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I was appreciative of Smith before, now I'm a Fan"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I was impressed/shocked at how brutally honest and open Kevin Smith is. Yeah, I've seen most of his movies, but that writing was always telling a story about other people. When writing about himself he is, if anything, even less reserved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin Smith is a passionate man, and if you've ever seen a single film of his you know he can write a jaw dropping monologue. It is in the final chapter of 'Tough Sh-t' when Smith's writing becomes the most impassioned, and it is all about his wife and family. He tells you in gory detail that he is the luckiest fat guy on earth when he writes about his wife Jen. It was inspirational to know that love like that can exist.

    Also, he is completely unreserved in making clear the people in his life who have helped, and those who have been complete d-bags, dedicating two chapters to Bruce Willis and how incredibly difficult and damaging it was to work with the star of Die Hard.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not other than his movies


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 08-17-12
    S new york, NY, United States 08-17-12
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    "Nothing new, but still entertaining"
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    Kevin Smith is a funny guy and a great story teller, but if you've seen any of his "An Evening with Kevin Smith" videos then, you've pretty much heard it all. There's a lot of repeat stories here, but I still laughed and and enjoyed the listen. The end was very sweet and I always like when he talks about his family and how much he adores them. The behind the scenes insights are always juicy and fun to listen to--especially the Bruce Willis parts!

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    Heather Colorado 07-02-14
    Heather Colorado 07-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Kevin Smith Wins Again"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, uncensored hilarity.


    What other book might you compare Tough Sh-t to and why?

    I can't think of any, but if you have listened to any of Smith's Q&A's, you'll know pretty much what to expect from this book. He's honest, he's vulgar, and he tells his story in a way that only he could.


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smith is a dynamic storyteller, and he does a great job reading his own material. I suspect I would have heard a lot of it in his "voice" had I read a hardcopy, but this was just great.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this selection. It think it offers more to aspiring writers/film makers, but it was still a terrific listen for me. I've been a fan of his for years and years, so I knew what to expect. This might be a little too vulgar for those that aren't familiar with his stuff, though.

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    Angela Gerring 05-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious!"

    Disclaimer: I am a Kevin Smith fan (probably a casual fan - not die hard) and love Clerks, Mallrats, and my favorite of all - Dogma. This book reminds me why I love Kevin Smith so much - for someone so successful, he remains completely humble, down to earth, self-depricating, and humble.

    I really did not know what to expect with this book - I have read/listened to several other actors with their books, and usually, especially when they read their own work, are dry, boring, and sound like they are reading it for the first time. Kevin Smith did not read this book. He did not narrate the book. He instead speaks to the listener. It is kind of like listening to a Podcast - if I didn't know any better, I would not have known that he was actually reading a book. He even goes off script from time to time to add a few more touches of color commentary - the result is perfection.

    It is supposed to be a life guide - I am not sure I leraned much other than to believe in yourself, becasue if a fat lazy slob like Kevin Smith can succeed, than so can you! That being said, it is a very charming and wonderful story of his life. The guilty teen girl who reads people magazine inside of me loved the chapter on Cop Out (which, honestly, did not know was a Kevin Smith film until now) and about what horrible person Bruce Willis is. His honesty is refreshing and told in a clever way.

    And of course, he managed to be so sweet with the chapter on his wife, and brought a tear to my eye when his daughter read an essay she wrote. Kevin Smith is a great man, and hope he returns to film soon!

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    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14
    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Vulgar But Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend's sensibilities.


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

    Talking about Bruce Willis. That was enlightening.


    Any additional comments?

    If I was Kevin's father-in-law I'd punch him in the mouth each time he crossed my threshold for talking about my daughter like that.

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    Robert Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 12-26-13
    Robert Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 12-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Never knew how brilliant Mr. Smith was"

    I picked up this book because I have been on a kick of memoirs narrated by the author lately - not because I was a Kevin Smith fan. That has now changed.

    Kevin Smith takes his signature wit and applies it to the story of his life so far. He is blisteringly funny when tearing into himself and also does a great job showing off why he and Tarantino were the golden boys of dialogue driven movies.

    I can recommend this book to anyone looking for a good chuckle, anyone even passingly interested in Kevin Smith or someone who wants to hear some of the behind the scenes goodies of Smith's movies. Like the title though, it contains a lot of bawdy language, so make sure you are wearing your headphones.

    The Bruce Willis / Cop Out chapter was amazing and actually made me question my preconception of Hollywood stars as well.

    Get this book and enjoy having a hard time turning it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13
    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Hi! I´m a feminist-nerd-artist-batman-geek from Sweden. English is not my native language, which might appear in my book reviews.

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    "Life is sometimes made of sh*t..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    He gives us personal anecdotes during the actual reading.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    His wife? :)


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

    U will laugh and cry, and you will probably have to turn down the volume a bit, in the company of children. haha.


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    Nick Greer, SC, United States 11-18-13
    Nick Greer, SC, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lots of gems here"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Kevin Smith reading it


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

    The beginning noting what we all once were.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter about George Carlin.


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

    Talking about his dad's death.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Kevin Smith fan (which I am), this is a must read/listen...actually the listening is almost better because it's Kevin Smith reading it. If you are not a Kevin Smith fan, I still encourage you to check this out because it has some real gems in it...both in making you laugh out loud as well as really giving you some things to think about. If you have no idea who Kevin Smith is, I still recommend it, however be forewarned that there is a lot of dirty language, I mean, look at the title for Pete's sake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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