To the Max

Tucker Max is an asshole. He’ll tell you himself. “I do stuff that’s messed up,” he says. “Sometimes I even know it’s messed up while I’m doing it. The last thing I would ever say is that all my actions are defensible. They’re not.”

A former honors student and graduate of Duke Law School, Max has spent his adult life doing things like getting blackout drunk and driving a car (not his own car) into a doughnut shop, then writing it down and packaging it into book form. In 2006, he hit paydirt: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, his second book, hit the bestseller list and has stayed on it every year since.

His latest, the newly released Assholes Finish First, is a similar read, he says, but since the stories are more or less true, there’s more having to do with him being famous from the first book. There is also, he says, an element of closure: “I loved G.I. Joes at ten and I didn’t at twenty,” he says; he’s getting older, and balls-out binge-drinking and womanizing doesn’t quite have the appeal it used to. “There’s a time limit to all of this.”

Before the party ends, though, Max is coming through town tonight for a book signing at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 p.m. He won’t be reading, and the price to get an autograph is the price of the book, $25.99; for more information, visit He did, however, talk to us in advance of his appearance; to read our extended Q&A with Max, go to and visit our Show and Tell blog.
Wed., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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Jef Otte
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