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.

Every Monday, we 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 to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Is the Viral Non-Ad Ad the Future of Advertising?

A remarkable aspect of so many viral ads today is how brazenly they defer, as long and as fully as possible, the realization that you’re watching an ad at all.

Is It O.K. to Buy a TV From a Pawnshop?

For environmental reasons, the habit of frugality is indeed a virtue worth cultivating. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Stock Market Record

Asset bubbles and the desperate search for profits amid negative rates aren’t laughing matters. Be afraid.

The Hidden Dangers of the Great Index Fund Takeover

The Big Three—BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street—are the most important players in corporate America. Whether they like it or not.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

New artificial intelligence techniques can spot patterns not only in 2D images but on spheres and other curved surfaces, lifting AI out of “flatland.”

Awake in Dreams

The science and practice of lucid dreaming