Octavia's Parables
Octavia's Parables
adrienne maree brown & Toshi Reagon
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 21
All about Larkin. The final chapter. She’s living in New York. Reconnected with uncle Marc, and the church. She knows her mother’s identity, with mixed awareness. Some of her childhood dreams have come true. And yet. Meanwhile, Lauren is gathering her people, with seduction and a chance at a purpose. And still, always, hunting for her daughter. To survive, know the past. Let it touch you. Then let the past go. Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 21 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Back next week, with the epilogue.  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 26
57 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 20
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
48 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 19
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
51 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 18
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 5
54 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 17
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
52 min
Parables of the Talents: Chapter 16
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
51 min
Back Next Week
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
1 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 15
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. .......... 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 7
53 min
Parable of the Talents: Ch 14
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
1 hr
Parable of the Talents: Ch 13
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
1 hr 6 min
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