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Hump day recommendations 11/30/2022

Watch/listen: the best — and best-narrated — World Cup goal of all time. In Mexico '86, the most politically charged game was the QF between Argentina and England, which just four years earlier had gone to war over the Falkland/Malvinas islands. After scoring the iconic “hand of God” goal with his, well, hand, Diego Maradona took the ball in his own half and dribbled around six English players to slot in the most beautiful goal in the history of the tournament. If you don't speak Spanish, here’s a YouTube clip with English subs so you can also enjoy the unhinged narration by Argentine radio legend Víctor Hugo Morales. — Carlos

Watch: The iceberg speaks. The sinking of the Titanic is a story that’s been told many times, but always from the point of view of those on board that ill-fated ship. Here’s the narrative of that night told from the point of view of the iceberg which, through no fault of its own, found itself in exactly the wrong place at exactly the wrong time. It’s the role comedian Bowen Yang was born to play. — Willis

Read: The rat’s tale. In most places — and certainly in New York — they are feared and reviled creatures. Didn’t you hear about the one that crept up a toilet bowl and bit that baby’s face? But inRats, by journalist Robert Sullivan, the hardy, awl-faced little sewer-dwellers end up serving as a mirror for our own history, society, and paranoias as a species. After all, those damn rats can thrive only in one kind of place: a place where there are people. Part urban nature study, part madcap plunge into the colorful world of hard-boiled New York exterminators, and part meditation on the layers of history all around us, Sullivan’s book is a superbly spun sojourn down the rat hole. — Alex


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