Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

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by Kevin Smith
     
 

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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

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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 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 bestselling 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Mitch Albom
"Kevin Smith is nicer than he lets on, thinner than he thinks, and smarter than almost anyone in the room. He has today’s world - and tomorrow’s – running for cover."
Neil Gaiman
“I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be.”
Neil Gaiman via Twitter

“I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be.”
Marc Maron
“Kevin Smith is a force of nature: He makes movies, he writes books and stuff, he talks and then he talks some more. Maybe he’s less of a force of nature and more of a spreading cloud of secondhand weed smoke that is slowly infiltrating every medium available to us. Kevin Smith is the haze that binds us all.”
Tim Burton
“I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.”
Kirkus Reviews
The slacker raconteur (slackonteur?) chronicles his offbeat career while seeking to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers. Since bursting onto the indie scene with Clerks in 1994, Smith (My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith, 2007, etc.) has carved out a unique niche, writing and directing a string of movies both critically praised (generally for the sharp writing) and panned (often for the lackluster directing), while also developing a cult following as a pop culture lecturer extraordinaire. Drawing on experiences from his eclectic career, he presents a mixed bag of self-deprecating humor, self-satisfied mooning, gossipy snark and a few truly golden nuggets of wisdom. Among the narrative's high (or low) points are Smith's contention that directing Bruce Willis was the equivalent of being held hostage by Hans Gruber; the tale of how mentor Harvey Weinstein, whom Smith has loyally defended for years, stiffed him at the opening of Smith's Red State (the two haven't spoken since); an in-depth account of Smith's well-publicized eviction from a Southwest Airlines flight for being overweight; and a graphic description of a bout of self-gratification, which transpired as he stood behind his grudgingly tolerant, naked wife as she readied herself for an evening out. Though his never-ending cavalcade of bodily fluid–filled jokes wears thin, there's a fascinating revelation within these pages: Despite having produced beloved and influential indie movies and critically acclaimed comics, Smith's most innovative creation might just be Kevin Smith--a foul-mouthed, blarney-tongued pop culture savant who has built a touring and podcasting empire by mixing piquant loquacity with a heavy dose of Jersey earthiness. Filthier than it needs to be, more self-aggrandizing than it should be, but more inspiring than you'd think it could be.
Publishers Weekly - Audio
For anyone curious about the life and times of film director and über-geek Kevin Smith—who in his early 20s made a debut splash with the independent film Clerks—this audio version of his memoir breaks down 41 years of rule-breaking and chronicles Smith’s work as filmmaker, comic book store owner, and podcaster. Offering up an amazingly fun and loose performance that often boasts the spontaneity of a podcast, Smith takes listeners through his life story with good-natured—if occasionally brutal—honesty. In his narration, Smith occasionally strays from the text, starting during the introduction when he apologizes for background noise and confesses that he is under the influence: “If you gotta read your own book: be stoned.” Smith’s genuine enthusiasm lends his narration an intimacy that would be difficult for another performer, no matter how talented, to achieve. Listeners are likely to feel that instead of listening to an audiobook, they’re engaged in a conversation—albeit one-sided—with Kevin Smith. A Gotham hardcover. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592406890
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Hilarious."
—New York Post

"Kevin Smith is nicer than he lets on, thinner than he thinks, and smarter than almost anyone in the room. He has today's world - and tomorrow's - running for cover."
—Mitch Albom

"I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be."
—Neil Gaiman via Twitter

"When it comes to memoirs, things don't get more heartfelt than this. And when it comes to storytelling, few could match the humor, passion, and humanity of these pages."
—New York Journal of Books

"It's a breezy, entertaining, crass-but-funny read."
—The A.V. Club

"Forget Broadway - Kevin Smith's self-help book will show you how to succeed without really trying."
—Penthouse

Neil Gaiman
I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be.

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