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 to Remember Before Watching the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere
To prepare for Season 7, we’re reviewing and reassessing the first six seasons of the show, with the benefit of hindsight.

Arks of the Apocalypse
All around the world, scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing cto preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing.

Power Trip
Drugs and the pharmacology of control.

Why Amazon is eating the world
Amazon’s lead will only grow over the coming decade, and I don’t think there is much that any other retailer can do to stop it.

What really defines a sparkle as “Glitter”?
We’ll delve into the mysterious topic of Glitter particle sizes and what really defines a sparkle as “Glitter.”

Cold as Ice: How Downtown Chicago Keeps Cool
Chicago has ice in its veins.