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 11
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. ............... Links: The song in this episode, Tree of Life, is available at morley.bandcamp.com - in support of the project Borderless Lullabies
May 10
54 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 10
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. ............... Links: Breathe, the second Marine Mammal Meditation, by Toshi and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, is here on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/longwatersong
May 3
51 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 9
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. ............... 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
55 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 8
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. ............ 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
1 hr 6 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 7
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.  ......... - 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
58 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 6
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 5
52 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 5
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
42 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 4
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
48 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 3
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.  Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.
Mar 15
41 min
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 2
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 8
42 min
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