You might have read Poppy Z Brite's fiction. You might not. Her blog is normally full of food/restuarant stuff and writing. At the moment, however, she's sending updates from a gradually dying laptop in Hammond, Louisiana having reluctantly evacuated from New Orleans hours before Katrina hit. They could only take 2 of their 28 animals with them and are currently waiting to hear from the animal rescue organisations. Read Dispatches from Tanganyika for updates.