Most of the writing considered in this Programme has been direct, purposeful and urgent. The relationship between writer and reader in most of the circumstances discussed has had about it a certain compulsoriness; either the reader wanted to know something or the writer felt, sometimes quite strongly, that the reader ought to be told. If someone wants to know about radio technology or slimming diets, he must consult a writer (or teacher) who knows about it. Even writers and readers of the ‘friendliest’ letters tend to expect something from each other; there is no surer way of fostering hostility in an expectant friend than to keep on failing to write to him.
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