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:

Descendents on the Virtues of Becoming Punk ‘Codgers’
Underground vets reflect on harrowing hardship, familial bond documented on first LP in 12 years


The Backfire Effect — How you can persuade even your toughest customers (or two-year-olds)
People don’t enjoy being contradicted. It changes us. We get heated. We become illogical. Irrational. How often have you been told “No”, now to want it even more?


Why 76 Beavers Were Forced to Skydive into the Idaho Wilderness in 1948
Some time in the late 1940s, a very patient, elderly beaver called Geronimo was put in a box, flown to an altitude of between 150 and 200 metres, and tossed out the side of an aeroplane.


A Crypto-Anarchist Will Help You Build a DIY AR-15
Cody Wilson’s Ghost Gunner milling machine makes the most crucial element of an assault rifle. It costs just $1,500 and there’s a waiting list to get it.


How to Build the Ultimate Bikepacking Rig
Here’s what I used to support an 850-mile backcountry mountain bike trip across Arizona.


How an Archive of the Internet Could Change History
Our contemporary analogues to the personal notebook now live on the web — communal, crowdsourced and shared online in real time.


Bill Cunningham on Bill Cunningham
The photographer on what he did, why he did it, and how it all began.