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Recommended Reading: Life lessons from Mario

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Mario is living the
American dream

Rob Harvilla,
The Ringer

This week The Ringer has been discussing that unique group of people and things that we can all agree are enduring and iconic parts of culture. We're talking the likes of Google Maps, Woz and The Rock -- all on the list, by the way. One particular selection caught my eye: Mario. Yes, the Nintendo Mario. When you stop and think about it, that plumber can teach us a lot about life.

The tumbler Tumblr
Elspeth Reeve, New Republic

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Alexandra Wolfe, Wall Street Journal

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