New writing by David Sedaris is always cause for celebration, whether it’s fiction or a laugh-out-loud funny personal essay. So, while we might normally skip a short story called “Vomit-Eating Flies,” when it’s got Sedaris’s name on it, we’re pretty much required to give it a shot. The tale is, in fact, about a male and a female fly who swoop in to eat some fast food a sailor has eaten and regurgitated in a bus station — told with its author’s typical erudition and wit. The story will be published in a paperback edition of Sedaris’s twisted animal-fable collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, which will come out next year. “Vomit-Eating Flies” appears in The Telegraph as part of its wonderful coverage of UK arts mega-event the Hay Festival. Other highlights include John Waters’s list of the top ten qualities a role model should have and a recount of VS Naipaul and Paul Theroux’s reconciliation, after 15 years of high-profile feuding.
Written by Judy Berman