Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of Kevin Smith. That said, it only made sense that one of these days I’d read one of Smith’s books and I started with My Boring-Ass Life. I typically just get my reads from the library these days, but this particular title wasn’t available in my library system so I picked it up on Amazon. In retrospect I’m glad that I did cause it took me forever and a day to read this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I didn’t enjoy the book but rather the way it’s written (diary style) lends itself to be put down and picked back up at another time. As there are no “chapters” and no real “story” being told this is a good book to read a little bit at a time.
At time the book can be a little “boring” but let’s face it… that’s what it’s SUPPOSED to be based on the title and the fact that it’s nothing more than a transcript of Smith’s blog. However, Smith’s control of the English language in both his script writing as well as his stand up comes through in his blogging style as well. I laugh out loud watching his movies and I laughed out loud MANY times while reading this book.
The secondary tag line for this book is, “The Uncomfortably Candid Diary Of Kevin Smith” and that’s very accurate. If you don’t like bad language or discussion about anything and everything when it comes to married life, then you simply will not be able to get through this read. Smith delves into everything from sex with his wife to his diet (and everything associated with dieting). While there is no “plot” per se, this follows the time in Smith’s life when he’s filming Catch and Release and directing Clerks 2. I was also particular fond of the (rather large) section of the book that dealt with Smith’s friend Jason Mewes’ addiction and subsequent cleaning up.
If you’re a fan of Smith and his work then I’d give My Boring-Ass Life a definite thumbs up. If not you can probably pass. Unless of course you’re into bad language, potty humor and a bluntness that hasn’t been seen since the likes of George Carlin.