We are once again with Doro and Anyanwu, who we left at the end of Wild Seed - but we are now in modern times. Doro has continued to breed his powerful offspring, with the same flawed results, full of suffering. Anyanwu, going by Emma now, continues to carry the weight of his cavalier arrogance. You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.
Jun 22, 2022
Larkin/Asha meets her “charismatic, dangerous, heathen” mother, Lauren. Our understanding of the timeline deepens. Marc’s duplicity continues to cause discord and heartbreak. And Earthseed does, finally, take root among the stars. Toshi and adrienne break down the epilogue of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And offer some final questions (of this series!) 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. We'll be back later in August with a conversation with Alexis Pauline Gumbs. And later, we'll be launching our exploration of the Wild Seed series. Stay tuned.
Aug 2, 2021
1 hr 5 min
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
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
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
1 hr 6 min
This is for you: you students, you organizers, you voters. You who have always meant to read the Parables. You who wonder about our destiny. You searching for pragmatic ways to survive with your people. You Earthseed. On Octavia E. Butler's birthday, this June 22nd, we are launching a podcast all about the Parables for this moment. One chapter a week, through the 2020 election and beyond. Join us. Hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.
Jun 16, 2020