George de Stefano

George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.

Features // 4 Articles
Columns // 1 Articles
Reviews // 44 Articles
Blogs // 17 Articles
//Features

What Is New Orleans Producer Carlo Ditta Talkin' About? | 5 Aug 2015 // 8:02 PM

A "keeper of the flame of funk", Carlo Ditta, releases his first album.

Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila | 8 Apr 2014 // 8:10 PM

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.

//Columns

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet Offers Penetrating Psychological and Sociopolitical Insight | 14 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

A committed feminist, Ferrante writes with often astonishing candor, even "ferocity", about women's lives, their conflicted relationships with their bodies, with each other, and with men.

//Reviews

Tradition Meets Innovation at the Fifth Annual Maqam Fest | 4 Feb 2016 // 5:33 AM

In a city with an abundance of smartly conceived and adventurous music events, Maqam Fest stands out for its unique vision and its broad and expanding constituency.

Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 | 2 Feb 2016 // 8:30 PM

On her superb new album, Lucinda Williams takes the wheel for a memory trip down Highway 20.

//Blogs

Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star | 13 Mar 2015 // 3:38 AM

The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.

12 Essential Performances from the Piano "Professors" of New Orleans | 5 Jun 2014 // 3:00 AM

A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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