Vani Kannan is an assistant professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY. She lives and works in The Bronx, New York.

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The Christian vs. Hindu yoga debate needs more critical nuance

Commentary: The International Day of Yoga offers an opportunity to reflect on debates around yoga in the U.S., many of which hinge on religious questions that go beyond a boiled-down binary of Christian vs. Hindu.

Book Review

Graphic novel argues that true strength lies in human interdependence

Book review: Alison Bechdel's graphic novel The Secret to Superhuman Strength explores and historicizes the metaphysical questions that the godfathers of "outdoor culture" have projected onto the American landscape, set alongside her own.

Bo Burnham's 'Inside' and the limits and possibilities of COVID-era art

TV review: Comedian and musician Bo Burnham's physical evolution and spiraling psyche over the course of his latest Netflix special force a reckoning with the psychological toll of the last year and a half.

Black-white-Asian relationships evolve in 'Ginny & Georgia' and 'Little Fires Everywhere'

After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, and with the seismic cultural shifts of the Black Lives Matter movement, social changes are finally poking holes in the complacency of contemporary television.