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:

What Animals Taught Me About Being Human
Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake: The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all.


Of Mice and Mindfulness
Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation.


Grizzly Bear Discuss Painted Ruins, Their First Album in Five Years
The indie-rock vets talk about streaming music’s stimulus overload, the radio’s disappointing lack of cool, weird guitar music, and their new record.


Nike’s 36-Year Quest for the Transparent Sole
The company has reimagined its signature air cushioning technology for the $190 VaporMax. Will going foam-free help it fend off Adidas?


In its nightmarish two-part return, Twin Peaks is pure Lynchian horror
“Let’s not overthink this opportunity”


In Defense of the Reality of Time
Physicists and philosophers seem to like nothing more than telling us that everything we thought about the world is wrong.