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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.…
 
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…
 
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 su…
 
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 questio…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 adrien…
 
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. A…
 
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 y…
 
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,…
 
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 Patr…
 
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 an…
 
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…
 
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 question…
 
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 …
 
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.…
 
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. …
 
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 t…
 
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 adr…
 
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. …
 
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 Ta…
 
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.…
 
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 an…
 
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,…
 
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 twitt…
 
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…
 
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 @oparabl…
 
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 suppo…
 
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 a…
 
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. - …
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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 @opara…
 
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…
 
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:…
 
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 …
 
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 Twi…
 
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 Patreo…
 
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 con…
 
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 t…
 
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 T…
 
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.…
 
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.c…
 
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 th…
 
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.…
 
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 transc…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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