That Kevin Smith? The guy who did “Clerks” a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcasting empire with his friends and family, including a wife who’s way out of his league. So here’s some tough shit: Kevin Smith has cracked the code. Or, he’s just cracked.
Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for 41 years and now, he’s ready to put it in your hands. Smear this shit all over yourself, because this is your blueprint (or brownprint) for success. Kev takes you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent, and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career. Along the way, Kev shares stories about folks who inspired him (like George Carlin), folks who befuddled him (like Bruce Willis), and folks who let him jerk off onto their legs (like his beloved wife, Jen).
So make this your daily reader. Hell, read it on the toilet if you want. Just make sure you grab the bowl and push, because you’re about to take one Tough Sh*t.
Funny and thoughtful
A lot of people dismiss Kevin as juvenile and immature, but at the same time it’s hard to deny that he hasn’t been at the forefront of just about every form of media for the past two decades. I was there when Clerks opened in only fifty theaters and I’m still here today, consuming most of what he produces, especially his podcasts and Q&As. Tough Sh*t is no different as Kev takes an irreverent look at his own life, how events changed him, and giving a little more detail than an hour-long response to an audience member’s question. He talks about Miramax, marriage, family, and Bruce Willis breaking his heart by being a jerk and George Carlin being amazing. This book really is a no-brainer for Kev Smith fans, and you get to hear him yack for almost six hours.
What a treat to hear Kevin Smith read his book, really shows the inflection of his story as he is sharing his own words. A+++ I loved it and hilarious.
Only issue I had, after iOS update, it disappeared. Went to the cloud and no record of it :( but when I click buy, it tells me I have already purchased. Would like to fix this and listen again and not spend another $20 :(
Great book and worth the audio version
I love it when I hear the truth. This book is full of Kevin's truth. It made me think without telling me how to think. I will listen again.