Hurricane Katrina dispatches.

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Aug. 28 2006 7:32 AM

My Year of Hurricanes

An ongoing series from a writer who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.

Blake Bailey and his wife lost their home and their possessions to Hurricane Katrina. Two months before, they had moved to New Orleans with their 1-year-old daughter; both had spent much of their adult lives in the city, and they'd returned so that Bailey's wife could complete her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Tulane. Bailey, meanwhile, had resumed work on his biography of John Cheever. Because the impact of the disaster looks like it will be a long-term ordeal for many, Slatehas asked Bailey to write a weekly dispatch chronicling his family's efforts to put their lives together again. His pieces are collected below:

"I lost everything in Katrina," posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"Starting over with $2,000 from FEMA," posted Sept. 30, 2005.

"A trip to the devastated Lower Ninth Ward," posted  Nov. 4, 2005.

"Our first Christmas as displaced persons," posted Jan. 16, 2006.

"Memoirs of a Katrina evacuee," posted Aug. 28, 2006.

Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life. He is working on a biography of Philip Roth.

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