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Deepali Agarwal

Staff Writer

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_

Book Twitter is a roller coaster. It has amazing authors and readers to learn from and interact with, and while not all of it is always warm and welcoming, you get to participate in giveaways, do some of your own, rant about books you hated, muppet-arm over ARCs, and if you’re lucky, your favourite author will like a tweet of yours out of the blue (and hopefully not disappoint you within the next 3.5 minutes).

Sometimes it’s just downright hilarious, and you gotta love it. What I’m saying is y’all should be #onthere, but if you’re not, I’ve done a quick recap of one of the weirder weeks we’ve had.

1. People are genuinely out there saying that the Crazy Rich Asians movie doesn’t cover the Diverse Asian Experience™, like, can you even…tell me how many countries Asia comprises?

And Jenny Yang is clearly talking about Doctor Strange here…the Ant-Man part is a typo.


2. The ‘Write Gryffindor, Edit Ravenclaw’ became a meme so fast, and then went some way. Presenting, a play in three parts.

3. This most elaborate #shareyourrejection story is a wild ride. I read through the whole thing believing it to be somewhere on the farce–satire spectrum, but jury’s still out.

4. My fellow Rioter has very kindly covered the #dicksoap saga in detail so I don’t have to, but yes, that was a thing that happened. The most bananapants Mad Libs generator wouldn’t have put those two words together, but there you have it. A YA book box sent out an A Court of Thorns and Roses–themed box with phallic soap. We’re just luck there’s a Merida meme for every occasion.

5. Georgeartin Rartin Rartin Martin: am I saying that correctly?

6. And I’m going to just end with a bonus tweet for the Real Infinity War Fans out there, who’re going to *love* this watching of the movie four months later and comparing the most powerful Marvel paraphernalia to $3.99 jewelry. It’s just true, though.

Funny Book Twitter has something for everyone.