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
Honest, uncensored hilarity.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Depends on the friend's sensibilities.
Talking about Bruce Willis. That was enlightening.
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.
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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He gives us personal anecdotes during the actual reading.
His wife? :)
U will laugh and cry, and you will probably have to turn down the volume a bit, in the company of children. haha.
Kevin Smith reading it
The beginning noting what we all once were.
The chapter about George Carlin.
Talking about his dad's death.
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.
Love to learn, cook, bake, garden and always love a great book.
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.
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!
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.
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!
First, there are added commentaries and 'Kevin Only' dialogues that are not in the printed version at all. Most pleasant surprise!
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!
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.
Probably not. But it depends on the content. He's a great narrator, at least of his own story.
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.
Funny, Inspirational and lots of ass talk.
Finally got to hear some of Bruce Willis shenanigans.
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.
Excellent book for any Kevin Smith fan.
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