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:

An American in a Strange Land
After more than a decade away, a foreign correspondent comes back to take stock of his divided homeland.

What I’ve Learned from 5 Years On Reddit
Looking for answers in all the wrong places.


Want to Know What Virtual Reality Might Become? Look to the PastNineteenth-century diversions could offer some clues about the medium’s potential.


The NFL Was a Sure Thing for TV Networks. Until Now
Why are football ratings down? Cord cutters. And smartphones. And the election, concussions, Kaepernick, global warming …


As Chinese brands grab the higher-end smartphone and TV businesses, LG and Samsung are fighting over next-gen appliances.


The Surreal Election Season of a Hilary Clinton Impersonator
For Kelley Karel, who has been impersonating Hillary Clinton for more than two decades, playing the Democratic nominee is a consuming, nearly trance-like experience.