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:

Can Baseball Turn a 27-Year-Old Into the Perfect Manager?

Take an inside look at the White Sox’s experiment with Justin Jirschele, the youngest coach in professional baseball.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

The Strange, Grisly World of Crocodile Hunting in Australia

A Photo Essay.

The Race to Run a Two-Hour Marathon

Nike, Adidas, and Vodafone want a record—and bragging rights—in Berlin.

Whole Foods Shows What Economists Don’t Know

Was Amazon’s price cut a good idea? Econ 101 won’t tell you.

The Road Goes on Forever and the Story Never Ends

Lance Armstrong has a new narrative about his incredible rise and fall. Should we believe him this time?