Whether or not Bob Lax was a "success" is anybody's guess, and probably depends on what you mean by success. He never did anything to court publicity or expand his literary career or reputation, but he sure became a writer to be reckoned with.
your whole trouble, Charlie, and we may as well talk about your whole trouble as anybody elses, because you won’t be able to fix anybody elses until you are able to fix your own which you know better than anybody elses, your whole trouble is not being able to stick to anything long enough to get good at it. …
writing, I figure, is what you ought to stick to, it’s the one thing you’ve got a pretty good start on and sometimes have done o.k. with. drawring is maybe ok to kid with.
one thing about writing is ideas of silence. …
second is a feeling that if you aren’t writing a letter or a book on charity you aren’t doing what you ought to do.
third is a feeling that because M V D [Mark Van Doren] and Slate said once are you still writing the journal you ought to be still writing the journal. …
fourth is the idea that unless you are writing noel cowed plays, movies, new Yorker articles, note comment or cole porter songs, you are wasting your time.
fifth is the idea that unless you are travelling from county to county with a guitar singing spirituals and preachin the gospel you are wasting your time.
sixth is the idea that you are never wasting your time, but yes you are.
seventh is the idea that unless you are doing whatever somebody asks you to, you are doing something silly on your own hook.
eighth is the idea that unless you are eating or sleeping you are wasting your time, unless you are exercising.
ninth is the idea that when you are eating or sleeping you are wasting your time, unless you are getting an idea for a novel (you don’t know what it is because you’ve never read one).
tenth is the idea that anybody who isn’t either dead and in heaven or horizontal and on a psychoanalyst’s day bed is wasting his time.
eleven is the idea that waking or sleeping, alive or dead you are just the nicest little fellow you ever met.