Episodes
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...
Published 08/02/21
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...
Published 07/26/21
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...
Published 07/19/21
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...
Published 07/12/21
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...
Published 07/05/21
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....
Published 06/28/21
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...
Published 06/21/21
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. 
Published 06/14/21
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...
Published 06/07/21
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...
Published 05/31/21
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...
Published 05/24/21
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...
Published 05/17/21
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...
Published 05/10/21
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 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...
Published 05/03/21
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...
Published 04/26/21
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...
Published 04/19/21
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,...
Published 04/12/21
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:...
Published 04/05/21
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.
Published 03/29/21
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.
Published 03/22/21
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.
Published 03/16/21
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.
Published 03/08/21
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...
Published 03/01/21
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...
Published 12/14/20
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.
Published 12/07/20