To the editors:
Your “First Person” articles usually describe emotionally loaded situations in a straightforward way, without making judgements or drawing conclusions. The reader can experience the emotions almost firsthand, and then respond in his own way. Mildred Taylor’s “A Day in New York” (June 19) was one of the best such articles that I can remember.
Bernard Hyland’s vicious attack on Ms. Taylor and her article [Letters, July 17] is wholly uncalled-for. When he says “The real writer can truthfully describe such negative emotions . . . without . . . whiny, manipulative, self-pitying masturbation,” I hear him saying that he prefers writing that is a bit more predigested, more neatly categorized. He probably feels that it is the author’s job to preprogram the reader’s emotional responses.
I don’t think B.H. is reading the right periodical. I also can’t figure out where he might find the sort of writing he likes. Maybe in back issues of True magazine.