If young aristocratic a-holes and vodka tonics sound like just another day at the yacht club, youre probably familiar with Tucker Max. Hes a frat boys wet dream, the Greek-row messiah worshiped by thousands of trust-fund-baby disciples. But Maxs story is interesting, even if its predicated on false relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. He gets wasted and exploits equally intoxicated women, often tiptoeing the fine line between consensual sex and date rape. Rarely has anyone reveled in being such a scumbag and done it so profitably. Its easy to hate Max for his I-dont-give-a-shit persona and preppy, pampered life; his $300,000 book advance only adds to the vitriol. But the blogger-turned-author-turned-screenwriter is, to some degree, a constitutional crusader. His new book, Assholes Finish First, is a continuation of his raunchy brand of humor, and it will inevitably piss off people. Hell unapologetically say things that are so rude and vulgar youll want to punch him in the face, but thats the beauty of the First Amendment. Whether you think hes tasteless or brilliant, Max is exercising his constitutional right to express himself. The proud scumbag will continue selling his soul at 8 p.m. this Friday at Books & Books.
Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2010