Kevin Smith likes to talk about himself. His first movie was about himself. I could argue that every movie he has ever made has been about himself in some way. He has maintained a level of communication with his friends, family and fans throughout his career– again I might argue those three categories often blend together for Smith. He likes to talk and will use just about every medium available to him to do so. Movies, lectures, comic books, mail– and the open diary. My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith was born out of an attempt to answer the rather pedestrian question from a fan, “What do you do all day?”
One year and 480 pages later– roughly– and we just may have something of an answer. The book contains entries Smith has written on his blog. It details mundane, daily activities. It chronicles the making of and release of his film Clerks II. And it relates the story of his friend Jason Mewes’ heroin addiction. Candid, earnest and funny in Kevin Smith’s particular style– it is a look at a year in the life of a man I view as quintessential Generation X.