My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Timing is everything, sometimes, and I stumbled into this book (thanks to a gift from my pal Joey Snackpants) at a perfect time.
This book is Kevin Smith telling the tale of his rise as an Indie film celebristar, his time watching the “Indie” scene become less of a scene and more the commercial norm, and then his urge to buck the system and go back to doing things his way again… not for money, but for satisfaction.
“Tough Shit” proclaims something I have told friends, fans, and followers for ages: you’d don’t have to be the smartest guy in the world. You just need passion and work ethic.
Kevin has both.
I highly recommend reading this book in audio book format since the man himself reads it (while stoned and recording from his home.) He adds occasional side nuggets that aren’t in the book itself which makes for one hell of an entertaining listen.
I’ve already bought a couple copies of this book for people I work with. Why? Because I get it. I get Kevin Smith. I get what he went through and I feel his pain dealing with similar circumstances in the fan geek industry. I bought copies for some people I work with because I hope they get it, too.
P.S. The “too fat to fly” shit in this book is funny, too.
The end result has been (after being told time and time again by “Joey” and my friend Ryan to do so) that I have started listening to some of Kevin’s podcasts.
So to conclude:
-I could relate.
-It’s a great advertising piece, too, since I am now listening to his podcast.