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 // 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.
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.
La Notte della Taranta: Celebration and Solidarity | 26 Sep 2016 // 4:33 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 // 8:20 PM
On his final album, New Orleans songwriter, producer, and pianist Toussaint puts his distinctive stamp on jazz, pop, and R&B classics.
Tredici Bacci - Amore Per Tutti (album stream) (premiere) | 10 Nov 2016 // 3:54 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 // 1:14 AM
A new TV ad for a Las Vegas hotel seems like campy fun. But the subtext isn't so innocent.