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:

Adam Curtis and the Secret History of Everything
Now 61, Curtis has written or directed more than a dozen hypnotically watchable, hilarious and ominous films, all of which explore nothing less than the cultural and political subconscious of the last half of the 20th-century and the first decades of the 21st.


The Ride-Share Startup That’s Competing With Uber And Lyft By Charging $1?
A new Boston-based company called Fasten wants to prove there’s more than one way to reinvent ride services in the digital age.


Why These Freelancers Ditched Cities For Rural AmericaFor some knowledge workers, the upsides to working in out-of-the-way places make the challenges worthwhile.


Hollywood and Vine
The entertainment industry seeks the future in viral video.


Apple just told the world it has no idea who the Mac is for
Myself, and everyone else, seems to be wondering what, exactly, is the selling point of this upgrade.


The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft
The difference between being the leader and the challenger is apparent in the two products introduced this (past) week.