Guinea Worms and Rice

Are you looking for bizarro, the new weird, surrealism, absurdism, or something just plain different? I offer you The Irreal Reader, a best-of anthology from The Cafe Irreal. This incredible anthology will be available next week, but preorders are still being accepted at

The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets.

In this anthology, Edited by G.S. Evans and Alice WhittenburgGuide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks.

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I’ll conclude with today’s featured song from the Colors Made of Tears soundtrack: “Guinea Worms and Rice.” Anybody who knows about guinea worms will understand just how well they might accompany rice… Listen free of charge at