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.
Contrary to Popular Belief, the Blues Were Not Born on the Mississippi Delta | 15 May 2017 // 9:00 PM
Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff debunk myths about the origins of blues music, locating them not in the Mississippi Delta but in southern black vaudeville.
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.
Pickett Was Wicked Good and Wicked Bad: 'In the Midnight Hour' | 8 Feb 2017 // 3:29 AM
Tony Fletcher's biography of the great soul singer is a vivid, detailed, and insightful portrait of a complex, talented, and often deplorable man.
The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome | 13 Dec 2016 // 4:36 AM
On their new album, the Stones return to their origins -- but now with greater authority and skill
Tredici Bacci - Amore Per Tutti (album stream) (premiere) | 10 Nov 2016 // 4:54 AM
Composer Simon Hanes and his Tredici Bacci orchestra create a soundtrack for an imaginary Italian movie
White on White: The Misappropriate Commercialization of a Mina Mazzini Song | 7 Nov 2016 // 2:14 AM
A new TV ad for a Las Vegas hotel seems like campy fun. But the subtext isn't so innocent.