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Idiosyncratic. Urging him to retire early from his noted career as an Adjunct Professor of Remedial English as a Third Language, his colleagues said he should go far. He is on his way, recently sighted in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attempting to apply Grassmann’s Law of the Dissimilation of Aspirates to dyssimiles. The author preserved and is proud to display on the cover of this book blatant evidence of how his early creative writing was often undervalued by his teachers, to encourage students to persevere against closed minds. The photograph of the author included here is said to be a likeness, a facsimile of uncertain source.
A SIMILE AMISS IS GOOD FOR A SMILE. In an age of virtual reality, alternative reality, and unreality, similes can deepen our awareness of the tensions between similitude, verisimilitude, and dissimilitude. If this is confusing, you need exposure to the treasures in this book. Dyssimilitude is defined here by example, since the word doesn’t appear (yet) in any dictionary. Each dyssimile in this book merits its own page, like a facial mole that draws attention and merits focused concentration and admiration. That was a bonus dyssimile, in case you missed it. Dyssimiles can take your mind where it’s never been, as well as where it doesn’t usually want to be. They are best appreciated slowly and in moderation. No trigger warnings are provided, and readers who experience dysphoria should explore the reasons with a good therapist. Attempts to illustrate these dyssimiles failed. Those expecting visual diversion should realize that this is, after all, a unique work of literature for serious writers and readers.