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Monday, June 11, 2012

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat Lazy Slob Who Did Good by Kevin Smith

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat Lazy Slob Who Did Good
by Kevin Smith
Gotham Books (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-1-592-40689-0
Buy From Indigo

Description: 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


The Good Stuff
  • You can see the man loves Canada (And mentions us a couple of times and you know us Canadians love that shit - think we have adopted him as one of our own -- and really the guy was on Degrassi a couple of times -- how cool is that)
  • Really knows how to make you laugh your ass off at his expense
  • His obvious love for his wife, child and family is so very beautifully (and often extremely colorfully) written 
  • Honestly discusses how lucky he is to have gotten where he is today 
  • Down to earth and straight to the point (the man says it like it is) - read the chapter on what happened to him on Southwest airlines and you will see what I mean. So horrible that this sort of thing can happen to ANYONE
  • Quotes John Hughes (last part of book is worth the price of the book alone)
  • His advice is brilliant and actually helpful
  • Not afraid to give his opinion and he never pretends to be something he is not
  • Loved the paragraph on The Tenets of Buellerism
  • Um Hello it is written by Kevin Smith - that is all you need to know people - and quite frankly if you don't have mad respect for this man -- I quit you!

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Man if I was his wife I would kill him for his description of their first sexual (and another one) encounter
  • Would have liked some pictures included
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"To me, the Angelika Film Center is what Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto or the Forum in Montreal were to Canadian hockey fans of old: a magical structure were the impossible happened every night."

"Whenever something got me down, or whenever someone tried to make me feel I was less than someone else (or in the case of one classless piece-of-shit airline, more than someone else), I'd look at at is a reminder that nobody is allowed to tell me who I am and what I'm worth.)

"This book is not a blueprint: It's just some funny and bittersweet stuff that happened to me that I feel shaped me into a more well-rounded person - so round, in fact, that a major airline gave me shit about it. But Tough Shit is not the Necronomicon. It will not raise the dead."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • So very much NOT FOR the prudish or those easily offended by colourful language (But if you are reading my blog - you OBVIOUSLY are not easily offended)
  • If you are a fan of Kevin Smith than this IS the book for you kids -- this is primo Smith 
  • Also thinking this would be an awesome audio book
4.75 Dewey's

I purchased this from Indigo -- well because it was written by Kevin Smith people, and I love him (Still ticked at hubby for moving me to Calgary before Fan Expo where I could have meet him!!!) 

One of my most awkward moments involved trying not to laugh while watching the oral sex scars scene of Chasing Amy with my husband and my mom.

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