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Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 20, 2012

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406890
  • ASIN: B00B1LCQWC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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While much of the book isn't new to fans of Kevin Smith, I really enjoyed reading it. The over-all message is one of self-empowerment. Sure, it has all the profanity and vulgar humor you expect, but amid the F-bombs is a lot of heart. From the sentimental tribute to his late father to the encouragement he offers to anyone with a dream, this book has it all. I laughed, I cried, and I felt like it was a good friend giving me a pat on the back, and saying "Go for it." Smitty may not be Yoda, but he's got a damn good take on life. Trust me on this one, I lost my wife to Cancer last year, and I struggle daily to find motivation. Still I felt kind of pumped when I read this. Writing this review makes me want to read it again. If you aren't easily offended, this is a great read, and fans of Smith may not get a lot of new material, but they will enjoy it all the same.
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Funny and insightful book from Kevin Smith. If you are already a fan of his movies or podcast you will love this book. I really enjoyed his stories of screening his movie Red State with Quentin Tarantino and Michael Parks, how Bruce Willis was not as fun as Kevin thought he would be to work with( Bruce's reputation for being a jerk to work with sure seems to be factual and not a myth) and how Seth Rogen turned him on to being productive while smoking weed. Entertaining,raunchy and inspirational book that is a quick and easy read.
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...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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Get this book. Even if you're not a fan of Kevin Smith. I would recommend this book if you're interested in making movies. He goes into great deal on the trials and tribulation of making movies. You'll learn a lot. Warning for some it may be considered a bit vulgar.
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As a 33 yr old male, I'm firmly in Kevin Smith's target demo. I consider myself a fan, albeit not a very active one. I did enjoy his early Miramax films, but I'm not a frequent consumer of his "brand." That said, after reading and fully enjoying this book, I soon will be a more active SModcast listener.

To say that Mr. Kevin Smith has himself a way with words isn't doing him justice. You can tell this is a man who loves writing, and combing the truly clever with the sorta crude. He's a man who had to take control and pave his own way. He's rightfully genuinely happy with what he's accomplished, and has a lot of fun telling the story. Despite all this talent, Mr. Kevin Smith is still completely grounded and humble, and excited with sharing his experience and wisdom. The book is an always-interesting reflection on his life and career.
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Although I'm not a movie buff, I've always had a soft spot for Kevin Smith. We're close to the same age and we grew up a couple of towns apart in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I had a friend in Leonardo back in the day and stopped for cigarettes many times at the Quick Stop, which was made famous in Kevin's first film "Clerks"--for all I know Kevin was behind the counter a time or two when I was there. I went to see "Clerks" with my friend from Leonardo, and it was surreal to see so many familiar places even as we were both laughing our butts off at the movie. Since then I've seen most of Kevin's films and have seen one of his live shows (only Robin Williams has made me laugh harder at a live show). What I enjoy most about Kevin, however, is his writing. I skipped his first book because it was just reprinted from his blog, which I read, but when "Tough Sh*t" was released I knew I had to check it out.

Disguised as a semi-self-help book, Kevin writes in his usual forthright, wildly profane and hilarious style about how a fat kid from the suburbs of central Jersey became ... well, Kevin Smith. Some of it was luck, mainly his collaboration with Harvey Weinstein, who bought "Clerks" and bankrolled many of Kevin's future films, but most of it was Kevin's sheer determination to do things his way. For example, Weinstein offered Kevin $3 million to make "Chasing Amy"--but only if David Schwimmer, Drew Barrymore and Jon Stewart played the leads. Kevin's response? "Give me $200,000 and let me have Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee. If you like it, it's yours, if you don't let me take it to another distributor." Kevin got his way, and "Chasing Amy" became a hit.
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