- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (2 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184856497X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848564978
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.3 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Boring-Ass Life (Revised edition) Paperback – 2 Oct 2009
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'Scrabulous hilarity combines with sneakily affecting sentiments and endearing fanboy-at-heart flavourings' --Total Film
'Kevin Smith's no-holds-barred diary is like his best films: raw, openhearted, and mordantly funny.' --Entertainment Weekly
'Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected.' --LA Times
Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected. --Los Angeles Times
"Scrabulous hilarity combines with sneakily affecting sentiments and endearing fanboy-at-heart flavourings" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Then I read this book and now, I think he's an egotistical, touchy jerk and I'm even finding his work less appealing.
The book is essentially just a reprint of certain parts of his blog, in diary form. You learn about all the minutia of day to day life for Kevin Smith- rich successful guy living in Hollywood, surrounded by an entourage of friends, family, and employees.
You find out all about his toilet habits, sex life, diet and exercise, how he lets the dogs out every morning, how he picks up his daughter from school, how he drives his wife to her medical appointments, how he checks his email, how he blogs, how he furiously responds to any online criticism with lengthy sarcastic diatribes listing his achievements, how he signs merchandise, how he travels around doing interviews and Q&A's- making sure to note how he "nails" each one and how funny he is.
Occasionally he encounters other filmmakers or celebrities, but the only detail he usually includes about their conversation will be to repeat any compliments they pay him, including his own incredibly self-deprecating, real, and humble response to them.
Then he'll go back to describing his lunch order.
At one point he is hired as an actor on a rom-com with Jennifer Garner, and with a staggering lack of self-knowledge, blithely describes his selfish, sloppy behaviour on the film in a rosy light, clearly considering himself to be quite charming. "I was late, but it was cool" etc.
In one section, he gets a lot more descriptive and involved while he talks about his friend Jason Mewes and his struggles with drugs, and his own heroic and dedicated efforts to help him get clean.Read more ›
Having said that, I have no great appetite for reading about the lives of celebrities. 'My Boring-Ass Life' is nothing more than the print version of Smith's blog, which blog is basically a bare chronicle of his life. Since his life appears to consist mostly of letting out dogs, looking at the internet, having sex with his wife, watching TV, eating and driving around, it really is pretty boring-ass. There's not a lot here in the way of Bressonian reflections on the nature of cinema, or erudite, Paul-Schraderesque analysis of masterpieces of world cinema, or even anything as outright haunted and manic as Steven Soderbergh's very funny and absurdist 'Getting Away With It'. As books by directors go, this is easily the most boring I have ever read, or rather dipped into.
And yet. The middle of the book is taken up by 'Me and My Shadow', the story of how Smith's friend and (sort of) protégé Jason Mewes became a heroin addict, and how he ultimately kicked the habit, and it's riveting stuff. You wonder why it hasn't become a movie; but maybe Smith doesn't want to tell a story that cuts so close to the bone, despite the happy ending (Mewes has apparently been clean for a couple of years now.)
So, it's worth it for the Mewes bit. But otherwise, the only time I have found appropriate to read this book is at 6.50am when I'm feeding my infant daughter; half-asleep seems to be the right frame of my mind to absorb something so undemanding and forgettable as Kevin Smith's diary.
(Insert date and time):
The dogs woke me at 6.45am, I let them out, take a leak and then go back to bed. I watched some TiVo. I met some people and drove to the store.
I had sex.
Just repeat the above scenarios about a hundred times and you're more or less there.
I suspect he thinks the title is tongue in cheek and that he is a very interesting guy but, Jesus wept, it is actually bang on.
PS - I see that this is an updated version of the one I have but won't be buying it as I suspect he has just added in his dumps as well.
This is a great train book. You can dip in and out like any diary book and you will find something great every time. This said, it is Kevin's "boring ass life" and sometimes he just gets up, lets the dogs out, takes a poop and falls asleep to TIVO'd Simpsons. You'll understand this when you read it.
There are some cracking stories, which, if history is anything to go by, will, in some form or another find there way into one or more of his movies in the coming years. That is if he can stay off the processed sugar foods long enough so he doesn't die before the decade is out. This guy's diet is scary!
There is a very touching story about the death of his father, and the list of "What I learned from my father" will bring a lump to your throat and should form the basis for every eulogy written from here on in. Look for the excellent story of "me and my shadow" which should make it into a film , the Die Hard 4.0 (Live free or die hard) filming/writing story which is laugh out loud funny and the Catch and release story which is also pretty good.
There are plenty of good "inside the film industry" insights that made me shake my head in despair and wonder how any films get made, ever. Interspersed with all this gold is the hum-drum day to day stuff that we all have to do and suffer from.
This only thing that has ever bugged me about Kevin Smith is his need to publicly fight with those critics in the business that have no time for him or his movies. He recognises this "failing" in himself as overcompensation and there are some good examples of this in the book. On reading them I just thought "Sir, let it go".Read more ›
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i had hoped it was ironic but this book is deathly dull
let me save you the trouble of wading through it
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This is quite literally Kevin Smith's blog, but in hardback form. If you enjoy reading his sense of humor, this is a good place to have even if you only have a few minutes to read. Read morePublished on 24 July 2013 by schtoops
I bought this as a gift and the person I gave it too absolutely loved it. I had a quick peek and couldn't put it down. WELL WORTH A READ!!!!!Published on 12 April 2013 by Sophie van Rooyen
i think he is a brilliant writer, actor ect... he is as we all know and like typical kevin smith, i am a big fan of his, I brought this to have a look at his writing before his... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2012 by joanne
If you're just looking for a casual book to read I wouldn't recommend, but if you want a look in to his life its well worth a read, you read about friends being car jacked at gun... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by John S
Let's get one thing straight before going any further. I love Kevin Smith. I love Jay and Silent Bob. Hell, I even *look* like Dante Hicks. So, this review is going to be biased. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by Stuart Millard
If you love Kevin Smith films them this is a must have. Behind the scene insight to the crazy minded man himself.Published on 4 Feb. 2009 by Ms. L. Heenan