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:

Should I Keep Working for a Raging Bigot?

“Though I have asked that he not talk about politics when we are together, he still does so from time to time. I often just let him speak and barely engage; debating with him only riles him and puts me in a bad spot, because I depend on the salary to pay for school and rent.”

Where Macy’s Came From

In the beginning, Macy’s was one store in New York.

The Unlikely Strategy Behind Buffett’s Investments in Encyclopedias

He also has holdings in bowling shoes, vacuum cleaner bags, and Ginsu knives—for a reason.

Set Your Ice Cream Cake on Fire

Baked alaska is a simple ice-cream cake, but with the tension of a good novel (will the delicate protagonist — the ice cream — survive the flames?) and the beauty of a poem.

Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error

That the 404 should have crossover appeal seems fitting. It is near-universal and inherently emotional: pure disappointment, the announcement of an unanticipated problem.

Don’t fall for the hype — Why Bitcoin’s $10,000 Price Doesn’t Reflect Its True Value.

People love it when things go up, but what goes up must come down, and Bitcoin is not immune to this.

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