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.
What Is New Orleans Producer Carlo Ditta Talkin' About? | 5 Aug 2015 // 9:02 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 // 9:10 PM
With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet Offers Penetrating Psychological and Sociopolitical Insight | 14 Oct 2015 // 9:30 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.
La Notte della Taranta: Celebration and Solidarity | 26 Sep 2016 // 5:33 AM
The "big concert" of Italy's biggest folk festival was almost canceled after a devastating earthquake. But the show went on -- as a benefit for relief and reconstruction.
Allen Toussaint: American Tunes | 21 Jun 2016 // 9:20 PM
On his final album, New Orleans songwriter, producer, and pianist Toussaint puts his distinctive stamp on jazz, pop, and R&B classics.
Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star | 13 Mar 2015 // 4:38 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 // 4:00 AM
A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.