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:

The American Who Accidentally Became a Chinese Movie Star
The journey of Jonathan Kos-Read, better known as Cao Cao, is a good guide for anyone seeking to make it in China’s budding, chaotic film industry.


Pro Sports Bets on Video Gamers for Growth
A star quarterback is great for jersey sales; a star gamer is, too.


Location-based Pokémon — An “Insider’s” View
“Are you familiar with Pokémon?”


The Mysterious
Metamorphosis of Chuck Close

The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture — and his entire life. Why?


Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish
One woman risked terrorists, headhunters, and the ‘fish mafia’ to see an Asian arowana in the wild.


Don’t Replace People. Augment Them.If we let machines put us out of work, it will be because of a failure of imagination and the will to make a better future!