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:

Business Is Booming for America’s Survival Food King

A year of natural disasters and nuclear threats has suburbanites turning to Wise Co.’s Aaron Jackson, just in case.

Macy’s Has a Plan to Survive the Retail Apocalypse

Things aren’t great if you’re a department store.

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?

As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.

How to Memorize Shakespeare

“Get up on your feet, and speak the words aloud,” says Jacqui O’Hanlon, the director of education at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Learning From a Prodigy

The Science Behind the Feats of the Greatest Chess Player of All Time

An Old Technique Could Put Artificial Intelligence in Your Hearing Aid

Dag Spicer is expecting a special package soon, but it’s not a Black Friday impulse buy.The fist-sized motor, greened by corrosion, is from a historic room-sized computer intended to ape the human brain. It may also point toward artificial intelligence’s future.