Readers Indigestion – Tough Sh*t Part Three: The Review

Hey everyone, how’s your week been? I am finally posting the last part of my review on Kevin Smith’s book Tough Sh*t, this has taken far too long and I’m rather ashamed of myself. I don’t really have anything interesting to say before I start so let’s just do this.

Welcome to the first Readers Indigestion of 2013!

Kevin Smith

When we last left our intrepid hero Kevin had just bought his own film rights to Red State and decided that he was going to take it on tour across the States. The last parts of this book have to do with some pretty serious stuff in his life, that of course he is able to make funny because that’s just who he is. It talks about the time he was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight and labeled “Too Fat To Fly” it wasn’t a very happy time for him that’s for sure. But what did he do? He turned to Twitter and just tweeted out his grievances with the company to a point where one of the managers came out and asked him to stop tweeting. As bad as this seemed at the time it gave him a pretty good idea that he continues to implement: Buy a bus and see the country on the road. He still flies when he needs too, for example he came up to Edmonton early on in December and I had the privilege to see him and Jason Mewes record an episode of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, and he definitely flew up for that. The point is to not let things get in your way and don’t over think them, just brush them off and keep on living.

There’s a fair bit more to this book but I don’t want to tell you everything, I want you to go our and grab this book for yourself, it’s a great book and is worth a read. But if you don’t go and check it out I would like to share with you what I think is the most important thing to take from this book. Smith says it multiple times throughout the book and that is because it’s really the central theme of the novel, and that is don’t surround yourself with “Why?” people, surround yourself with “Why not?” people. In other words don’t fill your life with people that, when you say “Let’s go make a movie” their reply is “Why? Why would we make a movie and possibly fail when we could sit here and watch other people’s movies.” You want people in your life that when you say “Let’s go make a movie” they say “Why not? Let’s go do this. What do you need me to do?” Those are the type of people you want to have in your life.

Kevin Smith’s Tough Sh*t is an incredibly honest book, like most of his work is, but this one seems to just strip down and let you into his life more than any of this movies or other books have. If you let it, this book can help you, it’s not necessarily supposed to be a self-help book but there are a lot of things to learn about not just Kev’s life, but your own in Tough Sh*t, I mean that’s really what the title means isn’t it? Life is full of situations where you have to deal with tough sh*t in your life, get over it, find a way to power through it, and look back on those moments and use them to make yourself stronger.

I’ll leave you with this quote before I give you my rating on this book:

“But Tough Sh*t is not the Necronomicon. It will not raise the dead.

“But it might have an effect on the living.

“If you’re alive, kick into drive. Chase whimsies. See if you can turn your dreams into a way to make a living, if not an entire way of life Sure, skill will take you far in this world, but we’re not all blessed with natural ability. I’m proud to be living proof that even if you’re a talentless boob from the Jersey Burbs, will can take you just as far

“But always remember, kids: I’m as full of shit as the next guy. Not in a maliciously misleading way: I’m just a flawed-ass human being like everyone else, so what do I know?”

So I’m going to be giving ratings for books on a scale of 5 as I think that works better for novels, I may be insane, or I may be insane and actually be on to something here.

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith: 5/5


I started up a profile over on Goodreads, check that out HERE. If you don’t know what Goodreads is it’s a really cool type of social media page for book lovers where you can follow some of your favourite authors, see what they are reading and check out books they recommend  The site also allows you to put up books that you have read, rate them out of 5 stars and then, if you feel so inclined, post a review of your own on them and recommend them to friends over Facebook or through Goodreads if you have them on there. Feel free to send me a friend invite and you can keep track of where I am in my reading and you can get small bites of what may be coming in my reviews. It’s a great site and I HIGHLY recommend it to any reader.

That’s it until next week’s episode of Readers Indigestion when I’ll be back with my halfway point for Redshirts, see you then.

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