On summer holidays I really like to return to Henry James and Jane Austen. But like everyone else in Washington, at least, I'm reading a lot about Iraq. Imperial Life in the Emerald City, most recently [by Rajiv Chandrasekaran]. It's a terrific reporting job on how much patronage was involved in the decisions by the Provisional Authority. It wasn't just ideology. It was raw Tammany Hall politics....Read about what Mitchell is watching and listening to.