Friday Links

Welcome to a new year of Friday Links! It was nice to take a couple of weeks off during the holidays, especially since I wasn’t online that much. Normally I discover fun things to share over the course of the week, and I’ve found going purposefully in search of suitable material just doesn’t work out quite the same way.

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that you’re as excited for 2015 as I am. I have great plans for the coming months, some of which might very well include a few of you! So let’s get this party started with the first set of links for the year. Enjoy!

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read – An interesting collection, most of which aren’t what you might expect.

How the Humanities Will Save the World – Not so sure about that, but I do think it’s important to keep them alive in a world increasingly obsessed with science and technology.

Publication Opportunities for Writers: January and February 2015 – A list of contests and calls for work with deadlines in the next couple of months. Great way to kick off those resolutions if you’ve vowed to submit more!

National Readathon Day – Trying to read more? Looking to support literacy? Spread the word about this national effort to spend a few hours reading on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.

A Year in Reading: 2014 Wrap-Up – The Millions ties up this year’s end-of-year reading series, which included an amazing 74 posts from assorted contributors. The perfect article to check out if you’ve got some bookstore gift cards burning a hole in your pocket.