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.

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:

The Particular Sheen of America by AMTRAK

Amtrak clings to the hope that someday people will view its service not as something that sucks and that they hate, but as something that is actually nice and that they don’t hate.

Amtrak Vacation

The World’s Greatest Delivery Empire

In China, Meituan has reshaped city life—and heightened a rivalry with a certain competitor.

The World’s Greatest Delivery Empire

Why the Aeron I s Still the Most Coveted Seat in the Office

Within months, the chair became what New York magazine dubbed a “dotcom throne”—a four-­figure status symbol that rose and fell and rebounded with the fortunes of Silicon Valley.

Why the Aeron I s Still the Most Coveted Seat in the Office

How the World’s Biggest Brewer Killed the Craft Beer Buzz

Steve Luke had plenty to smile about. Cloudburst Brewing, the tiny craft brewery he founded two years earlier in Seattle, had just won a bronze medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It was recognition on craft beer’s biggest stage — basically the Oscars of beer — but Luke, a lanky brewing virtuoso with a shoulder-length mane and a righteous beard, wasn’t content to bask. As the cameras clicked, he unbuttoned his plaid shirt to reveal another shirt beneath it that read in big, red block letters, “FUCK A-B INBEV.”

How the World’s Biggest Brewer Killed the Craft Beer Buzz

Effortless Slippage

For about as long as there has been a networked world there have been people adorning it with the accessories and ephemera of the nation-state.

Effortless Slippage

Free Shipping

We are increasingly surrounded by boxes. A new online purchase arrives on the doorsteps of one-third of American consumers each week. The volume of packages express-shipped by Amazon (more than 5 billion deliveries in 2017) shares an order of magnitude with the earth’s population (approximately 7.4 billion people). Look around your immediate surroundings and you might see the curved logo from one of the company’s boxes smiling at you now.

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