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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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    Amazon user 01-27-13
    Amazon user 01-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    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).


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Kevin Smith


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

    Try something, be encouraging to my kids, and swear a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Smith new paris ohio usa 01-25-13
    Joel Smith new paris ohio usa 01-25-13 Member Since 2015

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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 01-24-13
    Andy 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.

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    Dan 04-18-12
    Dan 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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    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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    Cash Wilson 06-14-15
    Cash Wilson 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    This books is like having a good talk one on one with a good friend about life and motivation

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    Tim 05-24-15
    Tim 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    More of an autobiography than a "funny life advice" book, still enjoyed it from start to finish. Kevin Smith is a true original

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    Kyle Quinn 05-19-15
    Kyle Quinn 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just what you think it is."
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    The thing I love about memoirs read by authors is how much it is like they are telling their stories directly to you. This is exactly that.

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    Brandy Mullis Newton, Nc USA 05-15-15
    Brandy Mullis Newton, Nc USA 05-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    i loved it..... Kevin Smith is an original....narrating was great..and im glad i downloaded it. i.wpuld.love to see more by him

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    DH 05-13-15
    DH 05-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book even better narrator"

    This is great book told by one of the best babblers that I have heard in this lifetime, must hear

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