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

Iceland’s Water Cure

Can the secret to the country’s happiness be found in its communal pools?

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What Chatbots Reveal About Our Own Shortcomings

Either way, artificial intelligence represents the manifestation of humanity’s biggest hopes and fears for technology. But for now, it can help us order Domino’s in a different window on the same device we would normally use to order Domino’s…

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The Silicon Valley Hustle

For every (Silicon Valley) success story, there will be many more failures. Yet most of these dreamers believe that the industry remains a true meritocracy: that those who deserve to succeed will do so…

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Inside One of the World’s Most Secretive iPhone Factories

An exclusive look into a plant where Apple addressed claims of excess overtime…

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My Last Meal: Laurie Anderson

Meet Laurie Anderson: musician, director, artist, composer and inventor. Here she holds forth on dogs, violins, cheese and Lou Reed…

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Toast: A Brief History

Before Thomas Thwaites became GoatMan (as seen in his new book GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human), he tried to make a toaster from scratch…

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