Long Reads Of The Week - 21 September

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | In a superb profile for the New Yorker, theatre critic John Lahr meets Al Pacino in his home in Beverly Hills home to discover what motivates the 74-year-old as continues to work on both stage and screen.

2 | A. O. Scott's essay 'The Death of Adulthood in American Culture' is the most perceptive appraisal of contemporary culture as you're likely to read this year, encompassing everything from the literary heritage of Twain and Updike to Girls and Adam Sandler movies. His central question: what, if anything, does it mean to be a grown up in 2014?

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3 | What happens when we all live to 100? The Atlantic's Gregg Easterbrook explores how increased life expectancy will transform society in surprising and far-reaching ways.

4 | On Grantland, Carl Schreck tells the story of Shavarsh Karapetyan, a Soviet swimming champion who dove into Armenia’s Lake Yerevan and saved dozens of lives from a sinking trolleybus nearly 40 years ago. 'The Plunge' is the most remarkable story you'll read about this week.

5 | What is it like to visit the site of the Chernobyl meltdown today? Writing for National Geographic, George Johnson takes a surprising trip as a 'nuclear tourist'.