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My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith Paperback – Sep 25 2007

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (Sept. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845765389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845765385
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #712,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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HASH(0x9a6e56cc) out of 5 stars Voyeurism for the View Askew fan ... Jan. 14 2008
By Chris M. Wilson - Published on
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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.
HASH(0x9a6e5720) out of 5 stars My Boring Ass Book Aug. 23 2013
By pattk77 - Published on
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Very repetitive writing, even for a diary. It goes like this... "I woke up, s***, let the dogs out, ate McD's and watched Simpsons on Tivo." This is written about ten time in the first 15 pages. This is how Smith starts each day. Okay, whatever, he does admit his life is boring. I'm not a huge Smith fan, grew up liking Mallrats and listening to some of his interviews on Youtube. I like those much better than this book. He's actually a funny storyteller on camera and in radio. Check out his story about the Superman gig he got and his beef with Tim Burton on Youtube, it's a witty tale he told at a university. I haven't finished the book but surfed through it and didn't find any interesting stories like this. Maybe they're in his other books he wrote. I can relate to Kevin and respect his honesty, he's the All American dude who likes the tasty things in life. (Movies, food, beer, comic stuff) He doesn't seem snobbish at all either. But, I expected more from the book. I'll just listen to his stories online for free I guess.
By Harvey Floyd - Published on
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I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan, from his films to his pod casts. I'll listen, watch, read, just about anything he does. Even Jersey girl... That being said this is definitely a candid look into the man under the overcoat. A must read if you're remotely interested in this man.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6e58f4) 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
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6e5ae0) out of 5 stars Mixed bag Jan. 16 2009
By Neurofox - Published on
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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.