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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781592406890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406890
  • ASIN: 1592406890
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

About the Author

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, Kevin Smith has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Red State; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestsellers, My Boring-Ass Life and Batman: Cacophony. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts. His body and belongings may be found in Los Angeles, but it’s a well-known fact that Smith actually lives on Twitter.

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Kevin is an extremely intelligent man who has a great outlook on life.
Krissy
Alot of life leassons from just another regular guy even in his fame makes you feel like a buddy of yours telling you storys.
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I've enjoyed every minute I've spent reading this book so far, and I can't wait to finish it.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Don Snyder on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite lines in the book isn't from the author at all -- it's from his sister. When Kevin told his sister he wanted to be a Director, she told him "then be a Director." Kevin agreed and said he was going to study and take classes, etc. She interrupted him and said "No, just BE a Director." And from that day on he thought as a Director and saw the world as a Director and wrote as a Director. It's a great lesson: don't "wait" to be something or "plan" to be something -- just BE something.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joe Barlow on April 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The infuriating thing about Kevin Smith is his determination to hide his intelligence and sensitivity behind a cloud of vulgar profanity and fart jokes. CLERKS and CHASING AMY were the films that prompted me to start writing screenplays and making my own short movies, and for years I held him up as an indie role model, although I lost a bit of faith when Smith squelched his unique voice and began churning out mainstream-ish comedies like COP OUT and ZACK & MIRI. Smith feels my pain -- he's apparently upset with himself, too. But in this new quasi-autobiography, Smith writes with great pinnace about his life, his creative output, his family, and his role models. The result is an absolutely charming book, bordering on inspirational. Smith is often hilarious, but he occasionally delves a bit too far into the gutter for my tastes. (I read far more about his attraction to his wife's a**hole than I ever wanted to know, for instance.) But I couldn't put this book down, and I am pleased to announce that my faith has been restored. Well-played, sir. Well-played.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Since I saw a headline on my RSS feed - "Fat Director kicked off flight" - and clicked on it, then (after reading the brief article surrounded by many ads) going to the Smodcast website, I've been hearing about Kevin Smith's life ever since. For a solid 2 years and change I've had Smodcast and its many, many attendant podcasts playing whenever I've had a long drive with myself or a walk to work or washing up and needing something non-musical. But having listened to the many entertaining stories Kevin has imparted, along with having seen his Q&A specials "Too Fat for Forty" and "Kevin Smith Burn in Hell", I realised after the first chapter of this book that for a person who shares everything, there's very little left to surprise someone who's been following along and listened to every story.

Smith uses his father as an example for the rest of the book - Don Smith was a man who worked 20 years in a job he hated (the US postal service) to provide for his family and then after a too-short retirement, died of heart failure, screaming. The message to Smith was clear - never do a job you hate, never have regrets so when the time comes, you won't go out in as much pain.

From there we get a whirlwind look at Smith's career, the story of "Clerks", and a brief synopsis of every film made since then. The filming of "Cop Out" and his clashes with Bruce Willis are documented, as well as the filming of "Red State" which takes up several chapters. What became known as the "Too Fat to Fly" incident with South West is detailed, and a loving final chapter to his wife Jennifer Schwalbach closes out the book along with a short note from their daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bloated Boy on September 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
...if you're not familiar with Kevin Smith. For the rest of us that listen to his podcasts, there's really nothing new here. Smith is notorious for revealing EVERY detail in his life, leaving an autobiography like this almost redundant. That said, his observations are free from pretense and entertaining. He clearly knows his place in the Hollywood star system, and makes no bones about it. His candor is refreshing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catfur on August 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just listened to Tough Sh-- by Kevin Smith on CDs...Smith narrates his own book and has a machine-gun like delivery - his fusilade choking with pop culture references. And this guy has "no filters" so he offers some interesting insider talk about life under The Weinsteins at Mirimax. He spills about how they (the real artistic rebels at Mirimax) begrudgingly took loads of money from the evil Disney Philistines while despising them at the same time. And eventually he came to despise his mentor Harvey "The Sell-Out" Weinstein too (...just as apparently 99.9% of everyone who meets him does.)

He has some great bits on what it was like to work with his "hero", the seemingly cool, Bruce Willis (Spoiler Alert: BW may be the biggest a--hole in all of Hollywood)...and George Carlin (different from his onstage persona...but in a good way) ...how much money you can make podcasting (so how come Maron is poor?)...and what its like to be booted off a Southwest flight because he was "too fat"...???...Hear him out on this...this story will enrage most people.

Smith is at times pretty likeable...at times fairly annoying...such as:

Caveat...the real downside/unnecessary part of this book is he gives WAAAAAAYYYY too much raunchy information on his sex-life. He's like a 17 year old ...again,with no filters. ( what normal male adult talks about his mother like he does...on stage/in books/on CDs??) I almost dumped it after the first 15 minutes...(And I'm pretty hard to gross out)...but it got better...until...

Unless you're in prison, you can probably skip the last CD...#5...where he spends several chapters describing in excited-juvenile detail his awkward seduction techniques on his now current wife. Explaining (aka cloaked bragging?
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