Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Netflix Wants the World to Binge-Watch
The streaming service has a plan to expand everywhere, and it begins in São Paulo.

Stranger Things

You Don’t Need Science to Tell You Why You Like a Song
How scientistic — not scientific — language reinforces existing cultural hierarchies


The ingenious story of how Fiestaware invaded the Baby Boomer kitchen
Mix one part nostalgia, one part engineered scarcity.


Neanderthals Were People, Too
New research shows they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?


The Death of the Tunnel Tree
Any tribute I could give the tunnel tree, which collapsed last week in a winter storm, would be fatuous; the tree was older than the language in which I can write.


The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King
Former drug addict Mike Lindell’s multimillion-dollar idea came to him in a dream.