I am dedicated to preserving and popularizing perennial and profound ideas. I would describe this genre of book as “serious novelty”—sound-bite history presented in an accessible, amusing context. The most important ideas are usually found in the words of major thinkers and authors, often buried in dense, specialized writings or in thick plots and stories that few have the time or patience to read in today’s hyperactive world. I fear the devaluation and possible loss of these seminal ideas in human thought. These books are verbal collages that meet the busy reader halfway. They are take-out gourmet food for thought.