The collection’s more cynical stories tend to be older pieces, some written nearly a decade earlier. Back then, he assumed, “I’m going to have whatever professional success and whatever personal success I have, and it’s never really going to fill that hole in my heart and my soul,” he said. “And I’m always going to be yearning, and I’m always going to be a little bit empty for reasons that I don’t understand.”
“Maybe that’s the biggest change in him,” said Lisa Hanawalt, a high-school friend and the production designer and producer of “BoJack.” Hanawalt, along with Bob-Waksberg’s two sisters, referred to his wife of two years as a tipping point. “He is now a happily married man, just totally different than how he was in his 20s,” said Hanawalt, whose own animated series, “Tuca & Bertie,” began streaming on Netflix last month.
If there is a theme to his book, it might be, Bob-Waksberg said, that “love is hard, and an open question of: ‘Is it worth it?’”
He responded to his own question: “I think where I land is yes. And I don’t know if the book lands there.”
Where it lands might depend on which story, and when it was written.
In the book’s acknowledgments, Bob-Waksberg saves his final thank-you for his wife. “About half of these stories are from before I met her and half since,” he read aloud, “and I’m convinced if you lined them all up in the order they were written, you could pinpoint the moment where my heart became whole.”
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