From The American Conservative, a review of Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias; and When the Left was right: The radicals of the ’60s had another side — decentralist, anti-interventionist, and almost Kirkian. Patching up the parties: Despite early bickering, Democrats and Republicans will rally around their candidates on election day. A review of Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre by Edward Fullbrook and Kate Fullbrook and A Dangerous Liaison by Carole Seymour-Jones. How thinking costs you: Behavioral economics shows that when it comes to investing, people aren't that smart. Why is he so sensitive to reputation? An article on Gore Vidal, literary feuds, his "vicious" mother and rumours of a secret love child (which may be true). Rendering justice, with one eye on re-election: While most of the world tries to insulate judges from popular will, many in the United States are elected. Everyone's a historian now: How the Internet — and you - - will make history deeper, richer, and more accurate. Voices carry: Lawrence Hill reviews books on Civil War slave narratives. The Observer's literary editor Robert McCrum stood down this month after more than 10 years in the job, and what a tumultuous 10 years — here he charts the changes in 10 short chapters.