The story is called The Note Takers:
You are not looking forward to this. Your appointment is at three. You have been trying to remember what you dreamed about last night, for much hinges on it.
This is what they do now, these note-takers. There are scheduled meetings and they even have tea brought but it is no comfort. You sometimes think you can taste salt.
“So?” they say. (You cannot be specific as to gender. It is arbitrary.) “So?” (This is the overture.) “Tell me your waking dream.”
You do try. One’s waking dream, of course, is the easiest to recall, although fragmentary. You must create truth, like glass, out of sand dug from that strange country between sleeping and not.
WHOLE CAFE IRREAL STORY HERE
Some great work up this issue, and small world: I recognise the names of Bruce Holland Rogers and Paul Blaney. Paul is guiding light of Tales of The Decongested in London, and teaches in the USA. Bruce Holland Rogers is a fellow contributor to the forthcoming Field Guide to Flash Fiction (Rose Metal Press).
If anyone is interested to read a little more about Irreal fiction,(think Kafka, especially) here are two excellent essays by one of The Cafe Irreal Editors, G S Evans:
Irrealism and the Dream State LINK HERE
What is Irrealism? LINK HERE