Patrick Smith's Mailbag

What emotions are most likely to incite a reader to write to TIME? Our unscientific survey reveals that those whose opinions have been happily confirmed in our pages are a lot less likely to let us know about it than readers who are "appalled," "infuriated" or "outraged" (the three most popular words in the mad mail).

--WHEN LETTER WRITERS ATTACK: Razor-edged vituperation may not add to enlightened discourse, but it has its pleasures--when you're not on the receiving end, at least. Our readers get wrathful at outspoken supporters of controversial politics, such as Lisa Bochard [NATION, May 24], shown with her...

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