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:

Why Kickstarter Decided to Radically Change Its Business Model
More than two years ago, while on vacation in Florence, cofounder Perry Chen sent an email that ended up changing the company forever.


Disney’s Intergalactic Theme Park Quest to Beat Harry Potter
Can Avatar and Star Wars attractions steal back the magic from Universal’s wizardly worlds?


A Fish Tale
Long before Moby Dick, Herman Melville set off on a Polynesian trip that became a famous literary hoax.


This Former Pro Cyclist Opened a Shop on Maui and Hasn’t Looked Back Since
Donnie Arnoult owns this Hawaiian island’s most popular bike shop and touring company. Here’s how he maximizes playtime.


Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present
How do we live with the fact that the world we knew is going and, in some cases, already gone?


How to Setup a VR Room in Your House
You arranged your TV room so you can sit around in comfort. Now, prepare your virtual-reality space so you can thrash around without breaking your damn neck.