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Watch the REBEL IN THE RYE Trailer for the Love of J.D. Salinger and Writing

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_

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_

I never know how to answer the question “Do you like The Catcher in the Rye?” I don’t know! Do parents love their screaming, whiny children? Around eight years after I first read it, I now recognize the jadedness of Salinger’s writing, and I guess I simply don’t see it as a gem anymore. But when you’re 16 and have never read something like that before, the writing jumps out as something unique and makes a certain impact, and Holden Caulfield makes you <heart eyes emoji>.

This Rebel in the Rye trailer similarly gives me feelings, because a) Nicholas Hoult looking like that, b) Kevin Spacey saying things like that, and most importantly, c) so much talk about my teenage bookish love! There is also some excellent, catchy dialogue about writing and art set to a fast-paced score.

Watch the Rebel in the Rye trailer right here!

The movie is set for a mid-September release. I’ll be here, dreaming about Holden Caulfield all over again.