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

Overview

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.

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.”
From the Publisher
"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

"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." - Marc Maron

"I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith." - Tim Burton

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.)

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.

Meet the Author

A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, Kevin Smith produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin' the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts "SModcast" on SiriusXM radio. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Kevin Smith, I'm a comic book collecting nerd. I've been a nerd / geek all my life and have had people treat me poorly because of it. That's why I love this book. It's great to see a fat, lazy slob like Kevin make it big. Like many nerds, I couldn't get a date in high school and didn't exactly attract the women in college. I'm not a great catch. But Kevin is a normal guy like me. Except he's done very well for himself. I especially love the parts where he riffs on good-looking Hollywood types like Bruce Willis. If you like Kevin Smith, you'll love this book. It's one of very few funny memoirs written by nerds-done-good-for-themselves. This is a small, but really entertaining genre in itself. I also loved "In Stitches" by Dr. Anthony Youn. He's a comic-collecting, skinny, Asian nerd who became a plastic surgeon and describes how he found himself and the secret to getting a good woman. I LOVED this one. Absolutely hilarious and touching. I also recommend any of Rob Sheffield's books if you are a music buff. He's a geek, too. In the end, kudos to Kevin Smith for giving nerds like me someone to root for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For any fan of Kevin Smith and/or his body of work this one is a no-brainer. Devout followers will get a few tidbits to keep them going while those new to the Court of King Kevin will be treated to the unfiltered, unbridled passion that made the CLERKS guy so (in)famous. The Enhanced Version is absolutely worth the extra $$ as each chapter begins with a Video Into by the man himself. If you have yet to read a Kevin Smith book, this is the one to start with. ENJOY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the intense sympathetic suffering that is required to follow Katniss through the first two Hunger Games books, this book of biographical essays, by my favorite living American humorist, was the perfect antidote. Kevin Smith's wit is fatal, not in the sense of being lethal, although sometimes it is scathing to its subjects, but in the etymological sense of accepting fate. He finds humor in every milestone of his life, whether it is a moment he is celebrating or an onerous one, such as the Southwest Airlines incident. You have to love him for always going where his wit takes him, even into the self-deprecating, and shying away from none of it. The best book I've read this year.
BTCB More than 1 year ago
This is yet another fantastic book by Kevin Smith, the lovable and personable director/writer. If you dig his movies, you'll dig this book!   Smith is beginning to reach the status of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in that he can make you laugh and cry in the same sentence. Always a pleasure to read a great mind bare their soul, Just buy it, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the free sample and it was so funny im so gonna get the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of Smiths work, this book really gave me somewhat of an inside view of what exactly goes on in his dome. His advice really struck a chord with me, mainly to go out and do it. What ever it is, just go and make your dreams come true.
spojo More than 1 year ago
He's so smart and funny. He makes you wish you could hang out with him even more than you already do. And pay attention, kids, there's some good advice in here about life and sh*t.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kevin Smith is a great aurthor. I loved the book and i couldnt put it dow .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan to begin with. I listen to his podcasts, I've watched all his movies many times, and I go and see him every time he is in town. I'll start by saying that this book is not for the easily offended. Smith talks about everything from his conception to being deemed "too fat to fly" to his difficulties working with Bruce Willis to the death of his father. The main point of the book is that you can overcome any situation and Kevin Smith is living proof of it. He went from the son of a Post Office worker in the suburbs of New Jersey to the director of some of the best movies of my generation. Excellent book, especially if you enjoy his movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting guy, funny stories, very entertaining read. Some may find his language a bit raw but honestly he has many good perspectives on life and an entertaining delivery. So it seems silent Bob speaks, and has much to say.
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It's not at res 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, to me, is an inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prologue is at the book titled ~ 'Do cool sh<_>*it'<p> Story continues at ~ 'sjs' res three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like an intresting story so far seth.
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Matilda_Nixie More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim, and I am so glad that I did! I like Smith's films, but have never really described myself as a fan; this book has changed my perspective on him and his work. More than that, I have found it inspirational and motivating - I read it one night, then woke up the next morning with a new sense of direction. There are some cringe-worthy moments, if you are sensitive to language and gross out topics, but if you can get past that then this book is a gem.
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Love this book!
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