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Story Sunday: Touré’s “A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love”

Story Sundays is a weekly feature at Fat Books & Thin Women. Always short stories, always ones available online for free.

Let’s start this post with a couple of confessions, or disclaimers. One, tomorrow I’m flying to America for my first Christmas at home in three years, so anything I write today is going to be pretty high on the stupid scale. Because I’m just! so! excited! I am not big into holidays, and I hadn’t even thought of going home for Christmas until just over a week ago – but now I can’t wait. There are just so many things for me to do and eat (pecan pie! pecan pie!) while I am home.

Second, this is a story I’ve been meaning to post about for a really long time, as evidenced by the fact that I saved the draft of this post (which is not really a draft – it’s, like, one sentence and a link to the story) as “story sunday for 10.23”. Whoops! It’s “A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love” by Touré. I hope that the title immediately calls to you the way it did to me; this is such an offbeat story, featuring the greatest/oddest location for a church you can imagine. Daddy Love is an indelible and dynamic character, the descriptions of his sermons and, uh, “interactions” with church members veering wildly between cringe-inducing, hilarious, and illuminating.

He preached with a dynamism that hypnotized and bewitched, employing rhythm and volume, intensity and repetition, moans, grunts, hollers, hums, and a raw spiritual force beamed down from up on high to give his sermons wings that you could grab ahold of and go with him as he took flight, transcending English, while you nestled inside his truth–strings of words dipped in a magic that let him say crazy things no other preacher could say and pull you into a new awareness that would make you do crazy things, that, if you really knew how to listen, might make your life a little better.

Sorry that I can’t do more credit to this story. In my defense, I’m all hopped up on travel energy and need to go do something useful, like rewatch Breaking Bad and not drink any more coffee.

Read “A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love” online

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5 Comments

Love the title, and off to check it out! (too swamped for Story Sundays over here, but look forward to starting back up in the New Year). Have a wonderful trip back to the states, and happy holidays- enjoy that pecan pie :D

Comment by Jennifer, bookspersonally

I suspect this’ll be my last story sunday till the new year, too. hope you enjoy your holidays!

Comment by Ellen Rhudy

[…] This Sunday, Ellen, the creator of the Story Sundays feature, proprietress of Fat Books and Thin Women, shares her thoughts on Touré’s ‘A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love’, here. […]

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Oh my goodness. Let us not be microwavers of love, but open-flame grillers, indeed. This was a real, rare pleasure to read. I’ve hardly read something that made me want to simultaneously laugh and cringe more!

My own Story Sunday’s up late, but it’s finally up! Once I’m in the blogging spirit, I’ll post one on Christmas, too. I’ll see if I can find one that’s aptly Yuletide-themed. Have a lovely Christmas at home, Ellen. :)

Comment by Shivanee @ Novel Niche

oh gosh, now i want to reread the story – some of the phrases in there are just fantastic. looking forward to the story you find for christmas. i was thinking of going for some themed post that day, but at end i’m lazy and having trouble thinking of what stories i could write about.

Comment by Ellen Rhudy




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