March 26

A number of points stood out to me in Jennifer Howard’s March 23 Book World review, “To-do list run amok.” Among them was information that a researcher “has studied thousands of the holiday letters people send to trumpet the year’s accomplishments.”

●How can this researcher stand it? It’s bad enough to receive those insufferable letters every year, but to seek out thousands and read them?

●Who funds such research? I hope it’s not taxpayers.

●People with the hubris to send those letters are already a self-selected group with an overblown sense of self-importance who consider their busyness to be a badge of honor. So, what does such a study really reveal about anyone other than that group of people?

Jessica Bernstein, Bethesda