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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

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 Josh Dean/Matter
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Death of Cancer On Aeon, Vincent Devita and Elizabeth Raeburn-Devita write about the current state of scientific understanding of cancer and the bureaucracy that provides the hurdles to curing it.

Burning Out In a 1988 article in Vanity Fair, Anthony Haden-Guest recounts the decline to an early death of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

American Horror Story: The Cecil Hotel On Matter, Josh Dean writes about the sad real-life story behind a girl's death, which sparked widespread internet conspiracy theories and a season of a TV show.

What's In a Necronym? In The Believer, Jeannie Vanasco writes about being something of a replacement child, one who is conceived to fill the void left by the death of their sibling.

Are There Really Hundreds of Eskimo Words for Snow? On Oxford English Dictionary's blog, Dave Wilton writes about misconceptions surrounding Inuit and Yupik language and the investigation into how words form our view of the world.

The Geel Question On Aeon, Mike Jay writes about a Belgian town where normal townspeople have taken the mentally ill into their homes as adopted family members since the Medieval age, a form of therapy that some psychologists think is the best available.

I'm a Culture Critic ... Get Me Out Of Here! In a 2009 article in Vanity Fair, James Wolcott writes about the downward dragging effect that reality television has had on television in particular and culture in general.