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

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    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 2015
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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 2014

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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.

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    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13
    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13 Member Since 2014

    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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    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 2012
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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.

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    Catherine 11-16-13
    Catherine 11-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Love to learn, cook, bake, garden and always love a great book.

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    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book. I'm a very big fan of Kevin Smith and am super upset that his other books are not available on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like any of Smith's books is a look into his life which is so interesting and with him reading it it's like he's telling to all of these stories personally. Plus, he's hilarious which is the best part of any of his books!

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    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13
    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic READ / LISTEN"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Author / Narrator's witty humor and insight to lifes interesting quandries. K.S. provides a very down to earth perspective to his life, that easily translates to anyone, regardless of life choices.


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

    Tough Sh-t is a very unique biography.. and while K.S.'s others are good too... this one will leave you wanting to 'Do' to Go Forth and conquer... If it doesn't then you may want to read it again, or re-assess what your goals are, and then read it again!


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

    First, there are added commentaries and 'Kevin Only' dialogues that are not in the printed version at all. Most pleasant surprise!


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

    Many, actually. Kevin speaks to me on many very inspirational levels, personal and professionally. And while some of his humor may be viewed as crass, his depth of insight for the person is profound!


    Any additional comments?

    just Advisory, for anyone not already familiar or prepared for Kevins humor.... it is funny... sometimes 'wrong', many times, crass and can be construed as verbally offensive of sorts, but in more cases than not, insightful.

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    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
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    "Profane honesty, not funny at all"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Smith and/or Kevin Smith?

    Probably not. But it depends on the content. He's a great narrator, at least of his own story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unless you're a fan, it's really not that interesting, let alone funny. It's about sperm (mildly funny), fat and lazy people (too repetitive), pop culture, indie films, movie making, smoking weed and sex.


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

    No.


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    Kelsey 08-07-13
    Kelsey 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kevin Smith knows how to write!"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Inspirational and lots of ass talk.


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

    Finally got to hear some of Bruce Willis shenanigans.


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

    I am a Kevin Smith podcast listener. I thought I knew all of his life stories. This book had some new misadventures of Kevin Smith. He is an excellent narrator who throws in some verbal side notes which are not in the written book.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for any Kevin Smith fan.

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