Transcript links for the Parable of the Sower podcast by Adrienne Maree Brown & Toshi Reagon

I started collecting the transcript links for the first season of the O’Parables podcast in one place for those who need or want to read them.

If you’re unfamiliar with Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (1993), it’s a fictional account of surviving societal breakdown which has uncanny relevance to today. The story spans a journey of three … Read more...

“What’s crazier–plants speaking, or humans listening?”

An excerpt from The Overstory by Richard Powers, pp. 318-322, read by Steph.


“A lot of evidence suggests that group loyalty interferes with reason.”

Maidenhair and Watchman trade smirks, like he’s just told them that science


In-group Realignment

An excerpt from The Overstory by Richard Powers, pp. 232-238, read by Steph.


Four years at Fortuna College come down to one afternoon: Adam in his spot in the front row, Daniels Auditorium. Professor Rubin Rabinowski at




A reading from The Overstory by Richard Powers. 2018, p. 124.

It’s a miracle,” she tells her students, photosynthesis: a feat of chemical engineering underpinning creation’s entire cathedral. All the razzmatazz of life on Earth is a


“It’s a great idea, trees.”

A reading from The Overstory by Richard Powers. 2018, p. 114-115


In this way, acorn animism turned bit by bit into its offspring, botany. She becomes her father’s star and only pupil for the simple reason that


Pure Prop

A reading from The Overstory, by Richard Powers. 2018, p.86-87.


He wants to keep heading west. Trouble is, the only strip still west of him feels like going east again. And yet he’s got his used


The Belly Button of the World

A reading from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2013, p. 274-275.


Umbilicaria is often the victim of its own success. Accumulation is its undoing. Slowly, slowly, the


The Next Three Months

We’re in the lead-up to a tumultuous time.

I have been listening to the O’Parables podcast. Octavia E. Butler’s trilogy is prescient. She wrote it in the early’90s, set in the 2020s. She is literally describing conditions so many are already experiencing and most of the rest of us (the non-billionaire class) are heading into. The podcast features Adrienne … Read more...

Introducing “Communication Dynamics”

Like all good students, they have questions about the introductory slide show. How detailed will the quiz be, do they need to learn every detail, how much they should try to memorize, etc. “It’s all over the place!” one of them exclaimed.

Another liked the game-type set up, the mystery of searching for the links and the fun of clicking … Read more...

#042: MaddAddam, Riots

An excerpt from MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, p.33, read by Steph.


“Physical objects have shacked their tethers; mine, yours, his, hers, and they’ve gone wandering off on their own. It’s like the aftermath of those riots they … Read more...