Pronoy Sarkar

Pronoy Sarkar

Pronoy Sarkar is the Marketing Coordinator at Simon & Schuster. After graduating from Duke University, he worked for a time as a business analyst for a boutique small business consulting firm. He enjoys literary fiction, literature in translation, narrative non-fiction, and experimental fiction. His expectation of all good works of fiction and non-fiction is that a definite mind be behind the effort. However grand or particular your interests, they should always be dealt with seriously.

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A Penetrating Exploration of Communication in the Digital Age

“This is an essay about a strain of nasty, knowing abuse spreading like pinkeye through the national conversation—a tone of snarking insult provoked and encouraged by the new hybrid world of print, television, radio, and the Internet,” writes author David Denby in the opening of Snark. As the title and opening line suggest, Snark is about snark, the vituperative and often shallow tactic that, in the age of the Internet, has turned our communication anemic, the schoolyard equivalent of an irritating shoulder-prod.

Published in 2009, following the rise of Barack Obama, Snark has a very particular mission in mind.

Experiencing Humiliation

As a child, I was ashamed of many things. I was ashamed of having my picture taken. However many times I practiced in front of a mirror, I couldn’t hold my gaze in front of a camera. Just before the camera snapped, I wilted. I didn’t like my smile; I…

There’s Something About This Man They Call James Baldwin

There is something about him. What is it, what is it? Oh, I don’t know. I can’t put it into words. But I’m telling you, there’s something about this man they call James Baldwin, who died before I was born and whose legacy was posted on the walls before I could read. I’m telling you again, and again, I can feel it, I can see it—there’s something about this man. I just know it.

When Writers Write For Themselves

Antwerp is a funny little book. It’s comprised of 54 sections and is hardly eighty pages in length. I say “sections” because chapters suggest something complete, a beginning and an end, an unfolding of events. Sections, however, are more open-ended, neutral; they merely act as distinguishing marks, and say nothing…

A Wry and Hilarious Novel About the Insecurities of Adulthood

It’s 6 am on a Monday and you’re awake. Not because you have work that early, but because your cat, Mr. Snugglegate, is furiously scratching at your face. You throw him off and remember your New Year’s resolution: to start every morning by stretching and doing fifty jumping jacks. You…

Finding Myself in Junot Diaz

I was born in India, came to Los Angeles, California when I was two years old, and wore dresses until I was three. My father was a medical student with little money; my mother, young and naïve, knit with her mother clothing befit a beautiful young girl. They had a…

Eccentric Metaphors For Books – Rich Chocolate Cake and Drawn-On Mustaches

Some books, when read, feel like swimming through a swamp. The weeds interfere with your stroke, and the smell, pungent and biting, sears your senses. Once you’ve reached the other side, the difficulty of the swim becomes a sign of accomplishment, of an obstacle overcome. Other books, when read, feel…

When T.S. Eliot Wrote Poems About Cats

Imagine this scene: You’ve just come home from a long and laborious day at the office. The sun has already set and you haven’t had time to buy groceries. Your fridge is laughably empty. Only a jar of mayonnaise and some pecans. You think about dipping the pecans in the…

Stumbling Onto Great Ideas at A Book Sale

Sometimes, being impulsive pays handsomely. This particular lesson began while visiting a small independent book publisher during one of their seasonal discounted book sales. Their entire outfit is quite small—the size of a banker’s living room in Nebraska, perhaps—and in order for the staff to not be inconvenienced by overflowing…

Finding the Words to Describe a Nightmare

I’ve wanted to read Night by Elie Wiesel for many years. This slim memoir has a legacy all its own, which very few books, either fiction or nonfiction, can claim to have. I don’t know why I’ve avoided it for so long. Perhaps the ubiquity of its influence over the…

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