Long Reads Of The Week – 13 September

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | Reporting from the Vatican, Alexander Stille of the New Yorker appraises the reign of Pope Francis, asking if the man whose modesty and inclusive rhetoric has already softened opposition to the Church around the world can really change it for the better.

2 | For Men's Journal, Joseph Hooper meets Alex Honnold, the 'rock star of rock climbing' who conquers some of the world's most unforgiving terrains rope-free.

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3 | Historian Timothy Snyder has written a new book that reevaluates Adolf Hitler's anti-semitism, arguing he was a 'racial anarchist' rather than a extreme German nationalist. The Atlantic's Edward Delman speaks with him.

4 | The Guardian's Jonathan Kaiman meets 'China’s funeral revolutionaries', two entrepreneurs reinventing the country's seedy funeral industry in the face of decades of corruption and bureaucracy.

5 | Also for the Guardian, Edward Docx meets Myles Jackman, the lawyer who believes it is his moral calling to defend the use of extreme pornography.