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:

Still Processing: Outrage Over ‘Bodega’ and Horror at the Movies

Last week, a Silicon Valley startup called Bodega instigated an internet meltdown after a Fast Company profile made the company’s intentions clear.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.

This Startup Is Luring Top Talent With $3 Million Pay Packages

China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of paying top employees the highest salaries in the market — and so far it’s working.

The Blockbuster Showdown At This Year’s Berlin Marathon

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

“Disruption” Is How Silicon Valley Eats Its Young

The problem, really, is this thing called “disruption.”

Whose Woods These Are

If you’re lucky, you encountered nature for the first time by running out the back door. During our writer’s boyhood, a suburban forest was a gateway to learning, exploration, and natural splendors that shaped his life and career.

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