Facts now have alternatives. A fact that makes the solid substrate of reality feel strangely spongy. And not in that winsome, Rene Magritte way. Stare at his painting of a pipe, labeled “This Is Not a Pipe,” and smirk. True that.

The same effect can be conjured on the plate. A carrot, boiled in mustard and mace, grilled and stuffed in a bun, looks much like a hot dog. It tastes much like a hot dog. But it’s not a hot dog. It’s a not dog.

And delicious.

That’s real news for vegetarians, carrot fans and anyone else longing for a final bite of summer fun. Even if fun, in these surreal times, seems a mere illusion.