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Deepali Agarwal

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Deepali Agarwal has a Master’s in literary linguistics, which means that every person she’s ever known has, at some point, asked her to ‘edit a thing’ for them-- ‘just see if it reads okay?’ She doesn’t mind, because she believes that the world can be fixed one oxford comma at a time. Deepali lives in Delhi, the capital of India, where cows are sacred, but authors and poets exist and write brilliant things. She works as an editor with OUP India’s School ELT division, where she moves apostrophes, looks up pictures of cats, and talks about children’s books for eight hours. The rest of her day is spent reading, thinking about Parks and Recreation, and wondering if there exist jobs for English majors that pay more than peanuts. Twitter: @DeepaliAgarwal_

2016 started, as all new years do, with some Great Expectations, but soon meandered its way down Garbage Fire Street and into the land of Oh My God It’s So Much Worse Than I Ever Thought Possible.


We take you through the highlights the only way we know how: from book title to book title.


All My Friends Are Dead.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Plot Against America.

Well, This Changes Everything.

White Noise and Big Little Lies,

Sleeping Giants: Assholes with Money.

You Don’t Have to F*ck People Over To Survive!

The Nightmare Before Christmas: #WtfNov8.


Oh No! Yuck!

Things Fall Apart.

1984! AnnihilationRun!

“Are You There God?”

So Far From God.


Everything MattersWe Gon’ Be Alright!

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

And All My Friends Are Still Dead.

PS. If someone were to write a book titled The United States and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Four Years, we would be eternally grateful.