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Octavia's Parables

Octavia's Parables

By 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.
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Mind of My Mind: Chapter 12 & Epilogue
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 12 & Epilogue
It can’t be postponed, can’t be avoided. Mary and Doro must face off. Mary tries to send the Patternists away, but she’s too late. She does not anticipate surviving. And yet, and yet. Can the power of the many confront the power of the one? We are invited, as always, to urgent questions. Have you learned to fight while in the battle? How could we bring our opposition into our pattern? What is the cost of freedom? 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.
51:02
September 12, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 11
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 11
Mary tries to obey Doro, she does. But sometimes obedient intent isn't enough. Pausing the pattern is killing her. The showdown is inescapable. The patternists, once reluctant and resentful, refuse to leave Mary’s side. We are invited, again, to pressing questions. Have you met someone afraid of your power? Do you understand your power, individually? Collectively? What size pattern sustains you, what can you hold? 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.
40:29
September 05, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 10
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 10
The original pattern members - the first family - spread out, then draw close. Mary and Karl unshield, meld, lose control, find themselves. They decide to have a baby, despite the Patternists struggling around children. But Doro is still seeking to control the Pattern, and the tension between him and Mary comes clear. For us, in our world, these questions of control and transition are urgent - and for Mary, too. 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.
49:11
August 29, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 9
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 9
A beast of a chapter. Two years have passed. The pattern is enormous, and still growing. Mary continues to weave and transition latents. She has taken over towns, and their non-telepathic residents - the patternists control the “mutes,” and use them as slaves. Doro is confident he can still control Mary, and all those in her pattern. But Emma is not as sure. 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.
01:01:09
August 22, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 8
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 8
After Mary’s show of force, the group cooperates - for the most part. But the biggest surprise is Clay, a life-long latent, who is now in transition. As Mary begins to bring other latents into the pattern, Doro feels his breeding project slipping out of his control. He watches “with carefully concealed emotions of suspicion and envy.” 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.
45:06
August 15, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 7
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 7
Mary calls a meeting of the pattern members. Emotions are high: resignation, resentment, fear and anger. Some try to challenge Mary, and learn quickly just how much control over them she has. She is coming into her power, and likes it.   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.
46:25
August 08, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 6
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 6
The telepaths in Mary's web begin to arrive. They try her, full of resentment, looking for weakness. The first to arrive finds it, but Mary learns fast. She studies the others before they arrive, and their shields can't keep her out. And despite themselves, the telepaths she has woven begin to see the benefit in what she has done. 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.
54:59
August 01, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 5
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 5
We go deep with Mary and Doro. We learn of Doro's childhood, millennia ago, and the years after he came into his power. We learn more of his breeding programs, and his hungers. And we learn of Mary's power, as she feels into the shape of the pattern.  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.
43:48
July 25, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 4
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 4
We meet the other members of the pattern - children of Doro, varied, powerful, damaged, dangerous. Mary's tether hits them like a bolt of lightning, a command they cannot resist, but do resent. Angry and confused, they each begin their journey to California.    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.
43:31
July 18, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 3
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 3
Mary is in her transition, a perilous time. Others with her strength have not survived. Karl rushes home to support her - aid she rejects, at first. But as her transition peaks, she pulls his mind to hers. And then, she can't let him go. The pattern has begun.   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.
01:00:03
July 11, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 2
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 2
Doro introduces Mary to her soon-to-be husband, Karl, a rich white telepath with a fancy house and a partner. No one but Doro is happy. Mary flexes independence in her way, but the choices are few.  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.
44:52
July 04, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 1
Mind of My Mind: Chapter 1
We meet Mary, child of Doro, grandchild of Anyanwu, small and strong-willed. She is powerful, long-sought and nearing a challenging transition. She's in love with Doro, but he has other breeding plans.  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.
50:22
June 27, 2022
Mind of My Mind: Prologue
Mind of My Mind: Prologue
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. 
49:45
June 22, 2022
Wild Seed: Chapter 14 & Epilogue
Wild Seed: Chapter 14 & Epilogue
Anyanwu and Doro find an uneasy peace. But Doro will not, cannot, understand or respect what is sacred to Anyanwu: those she loves. She is done. But yet again, Anyanwu chooses life. At the end, she draws boundaries and makes compromises. Is this survival? Toshi and adrienne break down the final chapter and epilogue of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. We’ll be back in a few months, with Mind of My Mind. And we’re working on merch! So check out our Patreon for more info soon. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
51:40
January 24, 2022
Wild Seed: Chapter 13
Wild Seed: Chapter 13
Conflict with Doro, and a suicide. Anyanwu, in her grief, returns to the sea to heal. And when she comes home, Doro is waiting. She finds strange comfort in this long-known being, and as always, danger. Toshi and adrienne break down chapter 13 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. What would look different in the US if we had enough space for the grief that we’re currently holding? How vulnerable are we when we are tired? Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
51:20
January 17, 2022
Wild Seed: Chapter 12
Wild Seed: Chapter 12
Doro left his son with Anyanwu, to marry her daughter. But the son, Joseph, is a sly, vicious, untenable danger. A murderer, a rapist. Only the leopard can respond. Toshi and adrienne break down chapter 12 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
38:53
January 10, 2022
Wild Seed: Chapter 11
Wild Seed: Chapter 11
Forward in time. Doro has been hunting Anyanwu for decades. He finds her, her children, generations of her line. All she has built, he wants. Yet again, she compromises to keep her people safe. And yet again, there is so much he fails to understand. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 11 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.  Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
46:03
January 03, 2022
Wild Seed: Chapter 10
Wild Seed: Chapter 10
A short but fierce chapter. Funerals for Nweke and Isaac. Doro’s emotions push him to change bodies. Anyanwu’s emotions push her to flee. As a dolphin, as a bird, she finds a new clarity, and finally, finally a new sense of her own power. If not partners, then adversaries. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 10 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
33:16
December 13, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 9
Wild Seed: Chapter 9
We learn more about Doro’s childhood, and more about Anyanwu and Isaac’s love. Nweke’s transition continues with Anyanwu’s support. But Doro’s breeding program doesn’t go to plan. Isaac, Nweke, and everyone come to grief. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 9 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
45:18
December 06, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 8
Wild Seed: Chapter 8
A specific trigger warning for this chapter, for abusive relationship. Anyanwu helps her daughter Nweke in her transition; Doro leaves them to it. We see anew the power of Anyanwu’s empathy, and Doro’s inability to understand it. We learn of Nweke’s fraught conception, rooted in punishment, power, and death. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 8 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
45:43
November 22, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 7
Wild Seed: Chapter 7
A specific trigger warning for this chapter, for child sexual abuse and incest. Fifty years have passed. Anyanwu is married to Isaac, and is mother to many. Her daughter Nweke is nearing her transition; Doro returns, called by the girl. When he arrives, he sees in Nweke an opportunity to replace and humiliate Anyanwu, and takes it. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 7 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
37:05
November 15, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 6
Wild Seed: Chapter 6
Anyanwu, Doro, Isaac and the rest of the Silver Star’s passengers arrive at Doro’s land. Anyanwu is adapting to new language, new food, new customs and expectations. The extent and goals of Doro’s breeding program becomes clearer to us, and to her. Intimacies and abominations. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 6 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
01:03:59
November 08, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 5
Wild Seed: Chapter 5
Anyanwu reveals more of her capacities to Doro and her shipmates. Her danger, her hunger, her transformations. Isaac’s powers become more clear. And Octavia graces us with some of her most sensual writing, on the pleasures of being a dolphin. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 5 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
01:05:12
November 01, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 4
Wild Seed: Chapter 4
Anyanwu shows her true, transformative self to Okoye, her grandson. Both become sea sick. Anyanwu heals herself, but feels the pull of the waves. We meet Isaac, learn his relationship to Doro, and get further hints of their deep danger. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 4 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed, a chapter full of warnings. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
43:53
October 25, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 3
Wild Seed: Chapter 3
Anyanwu and Doro reach the coast. She sees slavers for the first time, meets one of her kin. They board Doro’s boat, and set out onto the big water. Toshi and adrienne explore chapter three of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
43:39
October 18, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 2
Wild Seed: Chapter 2
Anyanwu leaves her village with Doro. Curiosity, fear, protection and attraction all in the mix. We learn more of Anyanwu’s healing powers, foraging skills, what she holds back. And learn more of Doro’s casual violence and power. Toshi and adrienne break explore chapter two of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Rich text, potent questions. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
55:41
October 11, 2021
Wild Seed: Chapter 1
Wild Seed: Chapter 1
We meet Anyanwu. And we meet Doro. We learn of their abilities, their longevity, their strengths and their danger. They feel each other out, appraising, assessing. Wary, compromising. It begins. Toshi and adrienne break down the rich text of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.
44:16
October 11, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Epilogue
Parable of the Talents: Epilogue
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. 
01:05:42
August 02, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 21
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.
57:12
July 26, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 20
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.
48:25
July 19, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 19
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.
51:56
July 12, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 18
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.
54:09
July 05, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 17
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.
52:01
June 28, 2021
Parables of the Talents: Chapter 16
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.
51:08
June 21, 2021
Back Next Week
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. 
01:01
June 14, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 15
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
53:12
June 07, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Ch 14
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/
01:00:25
May 31, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Ch 13
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.
01:06:30
May 24, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 12
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 12
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.
56:22
May 17, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 11
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
54:25
May 10, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 10
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
51:03
May 03, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 9
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/
55:50
April 26, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 8
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
01:06:16
April 19, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 7
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
58:05
April 12, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 6
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
52:47
April 05, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 5
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.
42:03
March 29, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 4
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.
48:45
March 22, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 3
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.
41:28
March 16, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Chapter 2
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.
42:44
March 08, 2021
Parable of the Talents: Prologue & Chapter 1
Parable of the Talents: Prologue & Chapter 1
We're back! We rejoin the Earthseed community at Acorn. They have held the land, they have made a home. But they are in the slow apocalypse. And we have a new, unnamed narrator. Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown launch us into Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.  Events: Toshi is doing a set of music featuring some songs from the Parable of the Sower opera, on March 6th at 8pm EST. Link here, free registration required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-octavia-e-butler-literary-society-conference-the-confluence-tickets-137554937521?fbclid=IwAR3NleUL_t2wxDPx9rmtOEMidwodmLyaTyhy9Hp6_Vi_eEFQSMiUKDrsF-E For UK listeners, adrienne is giving a keynote address at the Barbican Festival, on March 5th. Link here:  https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/new-suns Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.
56:15
March 01, 2021
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 25
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 25
Our travelers land. But not as they expected. They grieve, and they live. They sow seeds. adrienne and Toshi close out Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, with the final chapter of this crucial work. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. adrienne and Toshi will be on Instagram Live on 12/16, at 6 pm EST, talking about Parable of the Sower, this podcast journey, and what's to come. Tune in here, at adrienne's Instagram page.  Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables. We will be back in February with Parable of the Talents. Links: More info on Alexis Pauline Gumbs's God Is Change Octavia Immersion is here: https://sangodare.podia.com/octavia 
01:02:50
December 14, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 24
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 24
A fight. A death. Navigation, negotiation. And moving through fire. Toshi and adrienne engage with the lessons in Chapter 24 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
55:07
December 07, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 23
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 23
A watcher falls asleep. New folks join, through stealth and play. Our travelers work to balance trauma and kindness. Toshi and adrienne engage with the lessons in Chapter 23 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
50:33
November 30, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 22
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 22
The travelers confront some grim moments, and grim realities. Lauren and Bankole build, and disclose.  Toshi and adrienne grapple with the griefs and joys in Chapter 22 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Note, this whole book carries a trigger warning, but this chapter contains some particularly disturbing scenes. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
51:53
November 23, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 21
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 21
Lauren and Bankole build. The travelers settle briefly, with intention. The individualness of humans is manifest. Toshi and adrienne engage with the complexity of the moment, in this reality and in Chapter 21 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
47:51
November 16, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 20
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 20
No rest. A gunfight. Bankole rescues a child. Our travelers find evidence of community. adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 20 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
52:23
November 02, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 19
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 19
An earthquake. Scavenging, a killing. Choosing kindness despite the danger. And new travelers join Lauren. adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 19 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables. Reading: Here's the Paris Review article Toshi mentions, Staging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi. 
43:03
October 26, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 18
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 18
Our trio are on the road. They rest, as possible. They talk, and learn in conversation. The beginnings of an Earthseed. adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 18 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
59:49
October 19, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 17
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 17
Everything turns. Our travelers start to get good at where they are. A fire, an ocean. Embrace diversity, or be destroyed by those who see you as prey. adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 17 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
59:21
October 12, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 16
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 16
Our travelers learn from each other, walking miles. Lauren shares some secrets, and she kills. They can’t afford denial.  As always, Toshi and adrienne offer questions for you and your people to consider.  Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.
01:02:36
October 05, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 15
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 15
Lauren, Harry, and Zahra grieve, share, prepare to move. We go to Hanning Joss. We start to learn some of the ingredients of survival. Because Lauren intends to survive. adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 15 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. As always, with questions for you and your people to consider.  Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.  CW: transphobic language. In the episode, adrienne equates Lauren dressing as a man for safety on the road with being trans. It was brought to our attention that this language was transphobic.  adrienne says, "I asked for guidance on this and learned that what I should have said was that 'Lauren was transgressing gender or expressing gender expansively as an act of resistance and survival.' We will add this warning and note. Thanks for helping me learn this. I'm sorry for the impact on you and anyone else harmed by this misstep." Thank you to Ryan li and waywardnegro on IG for helping us learn on this. 
56:45
September 28, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 14
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 14
Things fall apart. The compound is attacked. Lauren flees - does what she trained herself to do.  Death. despair. Allies where you find them. The episode where everything changes.  Toshi and adrienne dig deep into Chapter 14 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. The episode that, in some way, is why we’re doing the podcast. With questions for you and your people. Support production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables. And follow us on twitter at @oparables. 
01:00:46
September 21, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 13
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 13
A funeral for Lauren’s father. The Garfields go to Olivar. A fire, theft. Loss all around.  Toshi and adrienne offer thoughts and questions about Chapter 13 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support our show on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Links: Bernice Johnson Reagon, They Are Falling All Around Me Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y1gpz7eiqguvg9m/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2013%20transcript.docx?dl=0
55:01
September 14, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 12
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 12
The Garfield family goes to Olivar. And Reverend Olamina goes missing.  adrienne and Toshi share all the big feelings sparked by Chapter 12 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. Alternative timeline grief, the non-linearity of waking up, goodbyes in uncertainty. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7l6k5rkzj5lm05/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2012%20transcript.docx?dl=0
01:06:50
September 07, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1 1
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1 1
Break-in, theft and a rape at the compound. Olivar is recruiting. Lauren names the Books of the Living. adrienne and Toshi offer thoughts and questions on Chapter 11 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.  Support this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables. And follow us on twitter at @oparables. Some links from the episode: How to Survive the End of the World Show w/ Chani Nicholas  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlTsLXqmzN0&t=2435s    Closing Ceremony With Toshi Reagon and Leah Penniman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0hJqLAEuto&t=446s   Ruby Sales http://www.spirithouseproject.org/aboutruby.php   Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pn8ixeuyuy039sq/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2011%20transcript.docx?dl=0
01:00:49
August 31, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 10
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 10
Keith comes and goes, sharing food, bringing money. Then, he's killed.  Toshi and adrienne dig into a gut punch chapter of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And offer questions for you (and your people) to consider.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. And follow us on twitter, at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9y44h3ie1bigo0n/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2010%20transcript.docx?dl=0
01:01:21
August 24, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 9
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 9
Keith continues to spend time outside. He takes a gun, he brings cash. He comes and goes, sparking violence in the home.  adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 9 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And offer questions for (and your people) to consider.  This whole book carries a content warning. But know, this chapter is a lot.  You can support this podcast (and our new transcripts!) at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter, at @oparables.  Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wbpyy773u9bk9zq/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%209%20transcript.docx?dl=0
59:26
August 17, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 8
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 8
Tracy Dunn is still gone. Bianca Montoya is pregnant. Keith goes outside. Toshi and adrienne dig in to a big, heavy chapter of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. Plus, as always, questions for you (and your people) to consider.  Support this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. (We're working on transcripts!) Follow us on Twitter, at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ucuh12up9dk9od/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%208%20transcript.docx?dl=0
50:48
August 10, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 7
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 7
Lauren names Earthseed. She creates her survival pack. Can Mars bear life? And Lauren turns 16. Toshi and adrienne consider Chapter 7 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And we offer questions for you (and your people).  Support the production of this podcast on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables Transcripts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnsxl706jnxpzhw/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%207%20transcript.docx?dl=0
47:44
August 03, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 6
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 6
Joanne tells on Lauren. Lauren and her father look into the abyss. A brief moment of play. And the rabbits are stolen. Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 6 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And we offer questions for you (and your people) to discuss.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on twitter at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jbewfwurwpsd5w9/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%206%20transcript.docx?dl=0
38:51
July 27, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 5
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 5
Rain. Free water. Amy Dunn is killed. Lauren opens up to her friend, cautiously. Toshi and adrienne dig into Chapter 5 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, we offer questions for you (and your people) to consider. This episode also features a song, The Water, by Toshi Reagon and Destiny Hemphill. The Water is based in the poem Apocalypso Song #8, The Water Chants, After overhearing Toshi Reagon.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables.   Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7tx2rspmg2gfcm/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%205%20transcript.docx?dl=0
44:47
July 20, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 4
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 4
Amy Dunn lights a fire. Lauren gets new neighbors. We learn about target practice. Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 4 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, with questions to consider.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9kn2w9f16pp986l/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%204%20transcript.docx?dl=0
31:12
July 13, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 3
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 3
Toshi and adrienne dig into Chapter 3 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. An astronaut dies on Mars. Mrs. Sims dies at the compound. A new president is elected. We meet the pyros. And as always, questions for you (and your people) to consider.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables.  Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/19djg0eziwu7c73/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%203%20transcript.docx?dl=0
38:27
July 06, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 2
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 2
Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 2 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. The first trip outside the compound, the baptism, and our first window into hyperempathy. As always, questions for you (and your people) to discuss and consider.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. Follow us on Twitter at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/34wmuh0bu4myq2p/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%202%20transcript.docx?dl=0
39:20
June 29, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1
We dive in, with a summary of the first chapter of Parable of the Sower, our analysis, and questions for you (and your people) to consider. Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables Follow us on Twitter at @oparables Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tdh0h3ic5hyedij/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%201%20transcript.docx?dl=0
37:05
June 22, 2020
Trailer
Trailer
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. 
02:56
June 16, 2020