Long Reads Of The Week – 19 July

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | "An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when." - if you read that on many websites, you'd suspect hyperbole. The fact it appears on the New Yorker – and is as well-researched and compelling as you'd expect – should have you shaking in your boots. Kathryn Schulz has the story of 'The Really Big One'.

2 | As True Detective 2 reaches midpoint, Vanity Fair's profile of show creator Nic Pizzolatto, by Rich Cohen, is as timely as it is a fascinating insight into one of modern TV's biggest auteurs.

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3 | The world rejoiced when NASA beamed images of Pluto's first close up this week. This, from National Geographic's Nadia Drake, preempted the event and explains how we got there.

4 | 'Dave Grohl is a back-aching, coffee-guzzling, minivan-driving classic rocker.' At least according to an entertaining profile of the Foo Fighters front man in The Washington Post, by Libby Copeland.

5 | In 'This Is How Uber Takes Over a City', Bloomberg's Karen Weise looks at one of biggest business phenomenons of recent years to explain how it changed the face of private transport in Portland, Oregon.