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:

CVS’s $68 Billion Bid to Bring One-Stop Shopping to Health Care

The purchase could shunt thousands of Aetna customers to the retailer’s health centers and transform the way America goes to the doctor.

Relaxation Tanks Are Stressful Business

With corrosive salt water and spaced-out patrons, what could go wrong?

Pinterest Sees The Future

How visual AI will change the way we eat, play, and shop.

Extreme Digital Detox, Siberia Edition

Last winter, the author ventured to the tundra with an extreme tour company promising the ultimate digital renewal—ten days living with nomadic reindeer herders in one of the planet’s last remaining off-the-grid dark spots. Is it really possible to totally unplug?

Wildfires scorch a hole through Southern California’s mythology of paradise

Southern California is the landscape of dreams, or so the mythology goes.

Inside Baidu’s Bid to Lead the AI Revolution

Having launched China’s dominant search engine, Li is a celebrity in his home country. But even Li didn’t anticipate the amount of attention he would get.