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:

George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.


The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary Art
The art world likes to ask big art-centric questions like “Can art change the world?” We usually answer “Yes.” I usually disagree.


Secret Alpine Gold Vaults Are the New Swiss Bank Accounts
“There has been a real interest in alternatives to bank deposits.”


How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016
Hey, I got this new web project, but to be honest I haven’t coded much web in a few years and I’ve heard the landscape changed a bit. You are the most up-to date web dev around here right?


What I learned from reviewing 50 portfolios on Reddit in 3 crazy days.
In the end, I was able to recognize some common patterns and high/low points across the board. Let’s highlight these.


“How did I get here?”
Documentary Now!’s little Talking Heads tribute that could