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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: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,570 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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A very entertaining read.
C.A. Wulff
Alot of life leassons from just another regular guy even in his fame makes you feel like a buddy of yours telling you storys.
mlloyd79
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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42 of 43 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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19 of 21 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 Noel 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. April Holgate on February 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This book was AWESOME!!!! I have always enjoyed Kevin Smith as a filmmaker and have watched a few videos of his Q&A's. So, I kinda knew what to expect. I decided to take the lazy route and listen to the audio book which lucky me was narrated by Kevin Smith!

Who knew Kevin would be so insightful? Made me want to get off my duff and do more work with my art mostly because I do not have much of an excuse for not doing it. I feel anyone in the arts should check this book out because it is a rather inspiring kick in the pants from an unlikely source!

I loved the honesty and the general FU to the corporate machine that is the entertainment industry. It is great to hear someone else with the view that it is more important to share the art than fill the coffers.

I may have to add Kevin to my list of Directors I not so secretly crush upon. He may even be tied with Quentin Tarantino! Well, a close second cause really who can compete with QT?

Silent Bob always prolific when he chooses to use his words! It will be a sad day when he finally does hang up his director's cap!
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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 Michael P. Gallen on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tough Sh*t is an extremely funny look back by Kevin Smith over his early life, films, and podcasts. He brings his trademark crude humor and sarcasm and applies them to himself, all the while giving some great insights into his career. Tough Sh*t succeeds as both humor book and autobiography.

Smith formats the book as essentially a self-help manual for slackers, explaining how he went from a Quick Stop clerk to a famous director / writer, all the while acknowledging his mistakes along the way. What makes the book so compelling is that Smith is careful to share the credit for his achievements, even with people he has since fallen out with. At the same time, he draws hilarious, if not necessarily flattering, portraits of Hollywood figures such as Harvey Weinstein and Bruce Willis.

The only real flaw in the book is that Smith tends to go off on tangents, such as a five page long gushfest over Wayne Gretsky. Similarly, he devotes three chapters to the making of Red State, while giving only passing attention to his relationships with Scott Mosier, Ralph Garman, and other podcast collaborators. As someone who became interested in Smith through his podcasts, I would have liked more detail about them.

Still, this is a great, funny book that will have you laughing out loud.
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