Note: [Author] note: Braid and Max are characters from the 'Peter Henry Lepus in Iraq 2003' sequence in Not Finding Wittgenstein. Braid, a young journalist interested in environmental geography, has followed Max Strang, an ex-ABC reporter, to Iraq after the fall of Baghdad. Max, who reports for the Herald as well as working for a travel organisation, has lured Braid away from his Sydney editor, her former lover. She has been researching the river systems of southern Iraq. They are in the early stages of a love affair, camping in Josh Smith's semi-ruined house in Baghdad.