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Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (edition 2013)

by Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, run his own production company, write a best selling graphic novel, and have a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right. Tough Sh*t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice on how to get the most out of life while doing the least.… (more)
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Title:Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
Authors:Kevin Smith
Info:Gotham (2013), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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Kevin Smith’s Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good is a combination memoir and self-help book, with Smith describing his youth, his film career, and the lessons he learned along the way. The structure of the book resembles Smith’s podcasts, with each chapter having a focus though Smith diverges when he has something more to say. The book also moves roughly chronologically through his life, but occasionally he backtracks so that his reader can follow a single narrative rather than introduce it during an unrelated section and hope the reader remembers it later on. Smith’s humor and heart shine through all of it with his characteristic honesty endearing him to his reader.

Discussing the lessons he learned in making Red State, Smith writes, “It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering” (pg. 135). In these troubling times, this lesson bears repeating as art gives us hope. Further, his feeling about directors and filmmakers who are willing to try something different from the norm echoes my own: “Do something different – stand apart from the rest – and you’ll always have the audience on your side” (pg. 139).

Had he written the work now, Smith almost certainly would have downplayed his praise of Harvey Weinstein, instead discussing Miramax or independent film more broadly. These sections have not aged well, though they do reflect the nature of independent Hollywood at the time and the way powerful men like Weinstein controlled their image and silenced dissent. Smith touches on the latter topic and his eventual disillusion with Weinstein. Despite these sections, the overall work has a great deal to offer and reflects Smith’s openness with his fans. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Oct 4, 2020 |
My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulVWS7dUBA4

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Aug 9, 2020 |
Readable but Smith is a rather unlikeable man who could do with far more self-awareness than he claims to hold.

The book doesn't go anywhere and it's frequently contradictory. He spends a chapter railing against Bruce Willis and he ruined the shoot of Cop Out, then in the next he bemoans critics who dared criticise Cop Out. He makes grand gestures that I'm sure makes him feel very smart but just end up making him look like a jerk, and then he wonders why they tend to blow up in his face.

I'd rather not read about his sex life either, eeeew. ( )
  arewenotben | Jul 31, 2020 |
Read this in two sittings--

Behind the vulgarity, there's a sincerity in the writing that drew me in, as well as the view(askew) of a intelligent writer who really just puts it out there. Enjoyable read. ( )
  CurioCollective | Jun 25, 2020 |
I’m a geek, a comic nerd, I love pop culture and so does Kevin Smith. Having grown up about the same time Kevin Smith did I can relate to his movies and many of the stories he wrote in this book. Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good is a glimpse of where Kevin has been and where he is going while also passing along so great advice for anyone that wants to enjoy life. That advice is simple, do what you love and enjoy yourself. It was also fun to read about the movies Kevin has made and how why he stopped making movies and turned to podcasting instead. Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good is a short and easy to read book that will make any geek or nerd smile a little and relate to the stories within. ( )
  Shack70 | Feb 23, 2020 |
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Kevin Smith changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, run his own production company, write a best selling graphic novel, and have a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right. Tough Sh*t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice on how to get the most out of life while doing the least.

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