Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kevin Smith - My Boring-Ass Life

Or rather My Boring-Ass Life - The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith.

I've got mixed emotions about this book. On one hand, it's very well written, Kevin Smith is - in my opinion - incredibly funny, and there's some really good stuff and anecdotes in here. Some of it's really touching even, like the sections on the aftermath of his dad's death and the story of how Jason Mewes (that's "Jay") kicked his heroin habit. These two stories alone make the book worth reading.

On the other hand, the book is pretty much a hardcopy of his "Silent Bob Speaks" blog, where it's like dude just pressed "Print entries from 200X to 200Y". Moreover, a lot of this is covered verbatim in his Q&A DVDs. So it almost looks like Smith is rivaling Gene Simmons himself when it comes to hawking products in as many versions as possible. Still, considering that his wife appears to contribute little other than organizing the odd event at their Malibu home, I can't begrudge Kevin Smith his desire to make some coin. Bi-weekly manicures and pedicures don't come free, and it totally looks like the former USA Today Lifestyle section "journalist" has found her meal ticket.

Absolutely worthwhile read if ya like "Clerks", "Mallrats" and other Smith creations.

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