Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla's new book, In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks (Crown, $25), sounds like misogynistic tripe. And, like everything Carolla trots out in any medium, it kind of is. But the difference between Carolla and everyone else is that he gets away with it. His trick: It's not so much what he says as how he says it. He's full of showman's bluster, sure; and his desire to turn back the clock to when men were manlier is sincere. But he's a lot nicer and smarter than his beer-guzzling peers. He may not agree with the direction in which society is headed; but if society were headed in a direction he approved of, he'd have no material. And he knows it. It's this sly self-awareness that would make him an equally welcome guest on the Rachel Maddow and Howard Stern shows. (Also: University Book Store, Free, 2:30 p.m. today.) MIKE SEELY

Sun., March 13, 7 p.m., 2011

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