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Octavia's Parables

A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler's Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.

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A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler's Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.

Parable of the Talents: Chapter 20

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Larkin meets her uncle Mark. Her smooth, beautiful, lying uncle Mark. Mark lies about Lauren, her path, her life, a lie of her death. Meanwhile, Lauren is on the move, reenergized. Finally, with a travel companion and collaborator in Earthseed. Earthseed rising.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 20 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Jul 19 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 19

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Larkin’s childhood, young adulthood. Her dream-mapping, her world-building bloom and are punished. Meanwhile, Lauren searches, to exhaustion. Allie tries to plant the seed that her daughter may never return. But Lauren’s search continues, with a new young ally.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 19 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Jul 12 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 18

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A chapter heavy with Marcus. Octavia revisits the politics of attractiveness. Lauren asks Marcus for help finding Larkin. He can’t hear her, he won’t hear her. Lauren gets a vital clue, but at a deep cost.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 18 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Jul 05 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 17

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Once again, we travel with Lauren and with Larkin. Larkin searches to understand her mother. Lauren searches for Larkin, alone despite herself. The children of Acorn are still missing, almost all of them. Lauren braves a Christian America shelter, navigating her terror and trauma. And she sees a familiar, unwelcome, hypocritical face.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 17 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Big, deep questions this week. 

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Jun 28 2021

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Parables of the Talents: Chapter 16

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After the storm. We gain insight into Larkin’s childhood in the Christian America children’s homes, in their vicious brutality. Lauren and her band find a lost friend, as they rebuild and survive. The first post-Acorn formation shifts, dissipates, reconfigures. A rich, dense, textured chapter.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 16 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Including, what is your alter ego name? 

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Jun 21 2021

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Back Next Week

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Hello beloved listeners! The Parables team needed this week to rest and heal. Back next week with Chapter 16 of our journey through Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. 

Jun 14 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 15

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TW: Mention of rape, childhood sexual abuse

Camp Christian is ashes. The story shifts back to Larkin, and her strategies for survival. Quiet was good, and questioning was bad. We rejoin Lauren, as she reclaims her agency. Earthseed disperses, with intention and grief.

Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 15 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

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Links: 

I Remember, I Believe - Sweet Honey In the Rock https://youtu.be/3qSAcd-P2Cs

I Remember, I Believe - Lizz Wright https://open.spotify.com/track/4T0JdxWpJtUAoDHAWugQKO

Jun 07 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Ch 14

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A dense, bruising, painful chapter.

A year has passed. A year of enslavement at Camp Christian. With an escape attempt, and its consequences. And a brutal, wasteful, pointless war.

We learn more of Larkin’s childhood life in her adoptive family, with its cruelties and violations.

Sickness strikes Camp Christian. A betrayal. A storm. And liberation.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 14 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

Links: 

More on the death row prisoner who traveled in his imagination, who adrienne references, here: https://blog.pshares.org/just-mercy-visiting-a-local-prison-with-former-death-row-inmate-anthony-ray-hinton/

May 31 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Ch 13

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Trigger warnings: sexual violence, rape.

We learn what happened to Larkin, and where the children went. We learn how the women of Acorn survive, day by day, and how they maneuver. New alliances are cautiously forming, at great risk. And the sexual violence is a constant presence. We grapple with the pleasure of power, and its consequences.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 13 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our newish (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

May 24 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 12

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Trigger warnings: sexual violence, rape, death.

We learn more about life after Acorn is seized. The children are gone. The violence is constant. The hypocrisy is deep. The living save what little they can, and begin to plan while they try to survive.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 12 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

May 17 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 11

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Trigger warnings on this episode: death, suicide, mention of sexual violence.

Acorn is overrun. Unspeakable, unthinkable losses. Loss of family, loss of life, loss of freedom. How to go on?

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 11 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

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Links: The song in this episode, Tree of Life, is available at morley.bandcamp.com - in support of the project Borderless Lullabies

May 10 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 10

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Our narrator is born, and named, and welcomed. Lauren and Bankole discuss a move, again. Assessing danger, seen and unseen. Bankole tries to understand, again, how he and Lauren can shape the unknown. She shows him more of her self, this far in.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 10 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and offer questions for you and your people to consider. Not easy chapters, not easy questions.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

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Breathe, the second Marine Mammal Meditation, by Toshi and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, is here on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/longwatersong

May 03 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 9

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Marcus leaves, with the Peraltas. Dan Noyer returns, chased. A fierce battle. Lauren speaks words she can’t take back. Jarrett is ascendant.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 9 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, and offer questions for you and your people to consider. Not easy chapters, not easy questions.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

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Links:

Breathe, the second Marine Mammal Meditation, by Toshi and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, is here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/longwatersong

The Parable of the Sower graphic novel is available here: https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/parable-of-the-sower-a-graphic-novel-adaptation_9781419731334/

Apr 26 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 8

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Lauren and Bankole visit Halstead. Some in Acorn encourage them to move; Lauren remains adamant. Marcus preaches, and finds out.

Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 8 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents, offer questions for you and your people to consider, and dream of some fan-fiction crossovers.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

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LINKS from this episode:

The Cal Shakes Theater Under the Stars event will be in May - check here for announcements: https://calshakes.org

Harriet’s Apothecary: http://www.harrietsapothecary.com/who-we-are

The Tarot Deck will be at http://www.akpress.org

Apr 19 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 7

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We hear Marcus’s own Parable, his journey, and meet his religion. We get a perspective on the early life of Lauren. Bankole continues to press a move away from Acorn.

And as always, Toshi and adrienne offer questions for you and your people to consider. You’ll want to sit with these ones.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our new (!) website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more. 

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- Find Marine Mammal Meditations, Toshi’s songs with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/longwatersong

- Preorder adrienne's new book, Holding Change, here: https://www.akpress.org/holding-change.html

Apr 12 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 6

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The Acorn community searches for Dan Noyer’s sisters. But find another, unexpected sibling. The reunion is heavy.  

Toshi and adrienne explore Chapter 6 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.


- Find Toshi's songs with Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Bandcamp, here: https://toshireagon.bandcamp.com/album/held-alexis-pauline-gumbs-and-toshi-reagon

- Preorder adrienne's new book, Holding Change, here: https://www.akpress.org/holding-change.html

Apr 05 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 5

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We learn about access to news, access to water, and mechanisms of control. The climate keeps changing. There’s life on Mars, and there’s life formed in a Petri dish. War is very popular these days.

Toshi and adrienne explore Chapter 5 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.

Mar 29 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 4

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Acorn welcomes a baby. They hold ceremony. They assess the impact of the house truck, and we get a window into Acorn’s decision-making structures. They navigate the survival of ambiguous loss. God may be change, but some still fear it.

Toshi and adrienne explore Chapter 4 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. 

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.

Mar 22 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 3

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We hear the horrible ordinary story of how the house-truck family came to Acorn. And with Acorn, they bury their dead. 

Toshi and adrienne explore Chapter 3 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And come with many questions for you and your people to consider.

TW: this chapter and episode include mention of rape. 

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Mar 16 2021

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Parable of the Talents: Chapter 2

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A battle nearby. Acorn acquires a vehicle, and new children. And the community is split by a right-wing politician. Promises of order and stability are so sweet.

Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown break down chapter two of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.

Mar 08 2021

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