The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Brendan Tapley

Brendan Tapley is a writer and communications professional. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Bust, Emmy, and on MSN. He is currently writing a memoir on masculinity.

The Newfound Fact of Fiction

When the real increasingly becomes the surreal, where does one turn for a dose of the truth? Maybe back to the original lie: literature. Six years ago, when it was revealed that James Frey’s memoir, A Million Little Pieces, had originally been submitted to publishers as a novel but only accepted as non-fiction, it offered a curious question that the public and media ignored: Why, if something is moving, is it more moving when presented as non-fiction?


A Winter’s Tale

Mass Humanities staff and board came up with a list of classics to savor over the long winter. Enjoy!


Mass Humanities Summer Reading List

Need a good book for summer? Whether you want something to relax with in the hammock, pass time with on the beach, or make a vacation — or dinner party — count with some serious intellectual vigor, we’ve got you covered. These 11 books — selected by Mass Humanities staff and board members — include poetry, fiction, history, even mystery. They all promise to keep your mind happily engaged throughout the lazy days of summer!