T O P R E F A C E T H I S S E R I E S:
I was about three stops away from my destination when a middle-aged Jamaican woman clutching a bible stepped on the train. The doors closed and she settled in the middle of the car, standing directly in front of me. As we began rolling, she cleared her throat and announced, “GOOD EVE-NING LATIES AND GEN-TIL-MEN,” then began in on what was the most profound act of preaching I’ve ever encountered. She rose to a crescendo and didn’t skip a beat, roaring on even as I stepped off the train. These soundbytes are a collection of phrases from her address — enjoy!