MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Mary Retta

  1. vulture lists
    The Best Books of 2022Yes, this list features more than one book set in a postapocalyptic world, but have you looked around lately?
  2. books
    How to Write Like Octavia E. ButlerA few artists on how the author’s work has inspired them.
  3. chat room
    Shygirl Wanted to Make a Song Dedicated to the Female Form“I realized there aren’t that many cute songs that make me feel good about the vagina, you know?”
  4. book review
    When Grief Returns Again, and Again, and Again …In her time-looping novel The Furrows, Namwali Serpell’s deft use of repetition makes the plot feel dynamic even as she retells the same story.
  5. power
    A New Book for the ‘Abolition Curious’“There’s only so much longer we as a society will tolerate police killing three people per day.”
  6. radical grief
    adrienne maree brown Says ‘All Organizing Is Science Fiction’The writer on Grievers, her speculative novel about Black grief during a pandemic — which she started writing years before COVID-19.
  7. fall preview 2021
    40 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This FallIncluding Sally Rooney, Colson Whitehead, Tiphanie Yanique, and, yes, Jonathan Franzen.
  8. mental health
    Building a World Where Black Folks Can Breathe EasierWith her wellness space Black Girls Breathing, Jasmine Marie pledges to help millions of women on their mental-health journeys.
  9. summer 2021
    35 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This SummerTreat yourself to new reads from Akwaeke Emezi, Rivka Galchen, Paula Hawkins, and more.
  10. how i get it done
    Morgan Jerkins Managed to Put Out Two Books During the PandemicThe best-selling author on ambition, self-confidence, and napping.
  11. black lives matter
    Who’s Keeping Black Children Safe?A recent spate of horrific reminders that the American system of policing has not been held accountable.
  12. black lives matter
    The Internet’s Memory of Breonna TaylorHer image has been revered, warped, and put back together.