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How was he able to get him to work? This is always a
problem with authors and editors.
Saxe was an inspiration to him. But had great
respect for him; and Saxe had infinite patience, which you
need with Bud.
First of all, his ideas of time are unbelievable.
He'll have a date with you for six o'clock and show up at
half past nine or not show up at all. He has always been
that way since he was a boy. He stayed with us lots of
times; and when Bud was here he would come home at six
o'clock in the morning, often having forgotten his key. He'd
wake up everybody by banging on the door and ringing the
bell. He'd get up at four o'clock in the afternoon, leaving
his room in an unbelievable condition. Then he'd go off,
forgetting to tip the people who had waited on him. This
was just carelessness on his part...the typical creative
mind, perhaps, but maddening to live with.
Another thing that Random House did--they've always
published some poetry, which has surprised me.
Every publisher worth his salt has to do a little
poetry even if he knows that he's going to lose money on it.
Because he sees...
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