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
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I love Kevin Smith, and I loved his performance in reading the book, and since this book is about himself, it couldn't get any better, a story about a funny man, written by the same funny man himself and narrated by the same funny man, the story is entertaining.
This is not your typical audiobook. It's more like listening to your most entertaining friend share their perspective and experience over several awesome conversations (OK, it's not a conversation, but it almost feels like it -- he doesn't sound like he's reading a book, though!). This is the only audiobook where I would mute my GPS navigation so I wouldn't miss anything he said. Kevin notes off the bat that his goal is to give audiobook listeners a little something different since it is, after all, a distinct experience from reading. He throws in some asides that aren't in the book, and tells you when there's something on the page that we as audio listeners can't see (like a picture), and gives some context for us to understand what it is, why it's there, etc. I'm waiting for the sequel!
I read (as opposed to listend to) Sarah Silverman's Bedwetter... and this has some similarities. Tough Sh-t is funnier.
I was not a Kevin Smith fan before this and had only cursory knowledge of his career in showbiz, but the title jumped out and the audio sample sold me. The Bruce Willis story had me laughing out loud (not an easy feat).
His whole take on life moves me, even though he's vulgar and outrageous and I wouldn't repeat most of the things he says (at least not with the same words).
Kevin Smith likes to talk, he's funny and has A LOT to say about life, making "films", comics, family, friends, and whatever else the f**k he wants to talk about(he is quite vulgar which I find refreshing sometimes).
The end, but I don't want to spoil it. I got tears, and if a F**king Kevin Smith book makes you cry, then it is worth a listen.
Try something, be encouraging to my kids, and swear a lot.
Some of the stories I have already heard told on various blogs or SMODCASTS(Kevin Smith's podcast Network) so it was slightly repetative. But not everyone reads his blogs or listens to his SMODCASTS(which you should, if you enjoy this book).
Kevin Smith seems like a real heartfelt guy with a passion for people. He can't be "friends" with everyone, it seems like if he could he would! Instead he does the next best think and shares his heart and mind with the world hoping he might reach that one person that might otherwise not have had some encouragement. That's pretty effin cool.
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.
The too fat to fly chapter was very memorable because i never knew the entire story, untill now.
Hmmm when he does his "Jen" voice cracks me up!
Be yourself and follow your dreams!
Buy this audio book!
You will laugh.
Ummm. Probably not. Not sure I need more detail about his life. This was a nice review and whats happened to him thus far.
He is the perfect person to read his own writing. His self deprecation and tone just adds to the humor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not other than his movies
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.
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!
This book, especially the audio book, plays and or reads almost like a SModcast episode. I think it is an easier listen/read if you are a fan but given a chance there is something for just about everyone. Read/listen or don't read/listen the choice is yours, just don't expect some inspirational Tony Robbins hand holding. Kevin is inspirational as f@$k if you let him, he just does it with the flare and mouth of a 10th grader!
This hit home for me. Every chapter I found laughter or some kind of life advice that moved me. Having Kevin Smith do the audio added even more to the book. I couldn't get enough of it and finished it within 24hours. This book is truly a piece of art. Thank you Mr. Smith.
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