Terry Bisson injects Kafka with bad-dream nanites, then dangles him off a bridge for a few hours

Terry Bisson's stories have always been off-kilter (surely you've read "They're Made Of Meat"?) but he's gotten weirder and more anarchic lately. Case in point: "The Cockroach Hat," which would be stream of consciousness if streams ran upstream.

We heard Bisson read this story at Wiscon, and something about his mischievous grin and friendly drawl might almost be enough to convince you that the tangle of contradictions and implausibilities was making some kind of sense. It's only when you read it on the page that you fully appreciate how much violence Bisson is doing to the delicate bone structure of the short story in this vaguely Kafka-inspired tale. [Tor.com]