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My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith [Paperback]

Kevin Smith
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Sept. 25 2007
Anything but boring, the creator of Jay and Silent Bob shares his x-rated thoughts in his diary, telling all in his usual candid, heartfelt and irreverent way!

Lewd, crude and hilariously rude, Kevin Smith pulls no punches in this hard-hitting, in-your-face exposé of, er, his rather dull and uneventful life… well, not always dull. In between watching his TiVo, he manages to make and release Clerks II, relate the story of his partner-in-crime Jason Mewes’ heroin addiction, get a tattoo, serve on a jury... and get caught stealing donuts from Burt Reynolds

Thrown in are his views on the perils of strip clubs, the drawback of threesomes, the pain of anal fissures, his love-affair with Star Wars and so much more! Adults Only!

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"No-holds-barred ... like his best films: raw, openhearted, and mordantly funny" - Entertainment Weekly

"Elevating the white-guy-doing-nothing prerogative from a lifestyle choice to a moral principle." - New York Times

"There's more to Clerks director Kevin Smith than just jokes, and he proves it with his long, moving - and, yes, funny - account of helping a friend kick heroin." - Newsweek

"A rude blast of gleeful provocation." - Rolling Stone

"Smith's brand of auteurism still celebrates boyishness verging humourously on arrested development." - New York 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

About the Author

Kevin Smith sold his comic book collection to fund the movie Clerks, and after it became a huge cult hit he was able to buy them back. One of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent film-makers of recent years, Smith was the producer of the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and has also written and directed Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl and Clerks II. He is an actor, having appeared in the new Die Hard movie and the Friends spin-off, Joey, among others. He is also a comic book writer and comic shop owner, podcaster, diarist and author.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many emotions... June 8 2008
For anyone who likes anything Kevin Smith has ever done, this book is for you. At times it gets a little bit repetitive.. (woke up, went to the bathroom, ate, watched tv, went to bed)... but even while explaining these normally boring events, he made me laugh. There is much more to it than just that though. He did end up having some very interesting stories to tell that at time made me laugh so hard I cried.

There is about 125 pages dedicated just to telling the story of Jason Mewes' introduction to drugs, and his struggle with addiction. This is both a terrifying story about drugs, and a heart-warming story about friendship. and again, he made me cry. This section of the book alone is enough to justify whatever you spend on it.

Kevin Smith fans, purchase this book with confidence that you'll enjoy it.
Non Kevin Smith fans, it's still worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voyeurism for the View Askew fan ... Jan. 14 2008
By Chris M. Wilson - Published on
This book is a great read. I'll assume that if you're interested in this book in the first place, that you are already a Kevin Smith / View Askew fan. Clearly, that's who this book is really for. And if you are that kind of person, the kind of person who owns all the DVD's, has watched all the commentaries, reads the boards, listens to smodcast, and in some crazy way thinks of these people as some bizarre one-way extension of your own circle of friends, then you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pages of Blog Posts Nov. 7 2007
By Tim Robertson - Published on
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Okay, I knew what this was when I paid for it. No biggie. It is just over a years worth of blog posts. But it was still interesting to read. However, at one point, maybe a quarter of the way through, I stopped and asked myself "why the heck am i reading this mundane stuff? An online diary? It's not like he died or something. Or that he will help me become the next great director or writer." Then I went back to reading.

I am not finished yet. It is my official "Crap, I didn't bring anything with me into the bathroom to read" book, meaning it lives in the bathroom for just those moments. I can usually crank out a page or two that way. More, if I had a Chinese food earlier that day.

Still, if you are a Smith fan, you may dig it. I am, it's kinda cool. I think I may have read some of it online, as I knew what would happen in some passages. So check it out, you will probably dig it, too.

Tim from
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag Jan. 16 2009
By Neurofox - Published on
Really. The first half is - as the title promised - really boring. But it sets the stage for the second half, which is a real page turner. I could not put the book down until I was done once I hit the second half.
Never had that experience with a book before. Very strange.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish My Life Were as "Boring" Nov. 17 2012
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Ever since "An Evening with Kevin Smith" was on cable a few years ago, I've been interested in Kevin Smith. His candor with the audience was very captivating and made for an excellent way to spend a few hours. I went back and watched a number of his movies, including "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" and I realized why I liked him in the first place: he down to earth and funny as hell.

A few years later I discovered Smith as a writer. I picked up "My Boring-Ass Life" and found the title a bit misleading. His life is anything but boring. I found myself quite envious, actually. From his daily wake-up rituals to the candid details on his family life, this book is a must read. Smith comes off like a real person, not some pompous Hollywood ass. The book is mostly funny, but there are some tender moments as well. His recollection of his father's death was very touching and made me think of my own parents' mortality.

The funny moments are laugh-out loud funny. His fiasco with anal fissures while on jury duty had me laughing out loud. But most of all, I felt as if I were a member of Kevin Smith's crew, living his experiences as if I were right there. I'd like to hang at his house and BBQ with him, while falling asleep in his guest room to TiVo'd Simpsons episodes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Inside Look Sept. 17 2008
By Joseph Hawk - Published on
I got this book back last Christmas, but somehow forgot to bring it back from my parents' house. I was very excited to see it when it arrived this summer in a box from the folks. This is a collection of Kevin's dairy that he's been keeping online, but since I hadn't been keeping up with that, it was all new to me.

I have to give Kevin a lot of props for revealing so much of his life to his fans, especially the stuff about when his dad passed away. Sharing like that made me call my own father to let him know I love him.

I know some folks might find some of the entries a little boring, but who lives a life that is always exciting? It shows that Kevin is just as human as the rest of us, though with a ton more bank and a great job.
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