My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith Paperback – Sep 25 2007
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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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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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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 MYMac.com
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.
Never had that experience with a book before. Very strange.
My Boring-A$$ Life is subtitled The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith, which is pretty honest. Starting on March 20, 2005, the book begins as a daily chronicle of Smith's activities. Not just the movie-related items, not even just the extraordinary events, but even the most mundane activities, including bathroom trips and sexual acts. Admittedly, some of this wears thin in the early going, but the book changes as it goes along.
As the book evolves from pure diary to more interesting tales, it gets stronger. We follow Smith's first real acting role (in Catch and Release) and the lessons he takes from working for another director. We get the story of Smith's acting in the fourth Die Hard movie, and details of his work on Clerks II. There is a lot that's funny, but when necessary, he can be serious. This is most evident in his "Me and My Shadow" entries, which describe Jason (Jay of Jay and Silent Bob) Mewes's coping with drug addiction.
Overall, Smith seems to have a pretty good life: he makes decent money, he spends a lot of time goofing off, watching movies, having sex or hanging out with friends. Fortunately, he doesn't really crow about his good life but presents it matter-of-factly. It also helps that he is quick to point out his own shortcomings, most notably about his weight.
This is a great read, especially for Kevin Smith fans. It is, not, however, a really fast read (it is too densely packed with detail), but fortunately, it is structured in a way that allows easy breaks when necessary. If you have enjoyed films like Clerks, Chasing Amy or Dogma, here is your chance to learn more about the man behind these movies and have fun in the process.
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