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:

Service Work Is Skilled Work. Get Over It.
Factory jobs are gone. Barista jobs are here to stay. It’s time to recognize that and pay people accordingly.


Designing a New Look for Instagram, Inspired by the Community
Last year, a group of us started digging into how we could support this evolution while staying true to Instagram’s heritage and spirit. We wanted to create a look that would represent the community’s full range of expression — past, present, and future.


How to Take a Punch
Try to avoid even blinking. Watch the fist come in and learn from it.


Vroom Is Elbowing Out the Used-Car Salesman
On Vroom’s website, there’s no haggling and shipping is free.


I am 16 and live alone in the wilderness
I have an open fire and spend my evenings tanning animal and fish skins, and carving wood


Lessons from ‘The Goonies,’ and from the loss of unsupervised time for kids
Bones from Wyoming’s Natural Trap Cave turn out to be those of a wolf never before found in the lower 48.


The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare
Ukrainian hacker Maksym Popov turned himself over to the authorities, envisioning a life in the U.S. as a security expert.