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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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