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March 30, 2008

Mafia Cheese

George De Stefano
Don't believe the box: Joe Pesci isn't really the star of "Family Enforcer"

Sometimes really bad gangster movies can make you appreciate the classics

March 12, 2008

Want Some Brooshetta with your Fritalian?

George De Stefano

Dunkin' Donuts thinks Americans hate ordering coffee with strange foreign names. And that "latte" is an English word.

March 2, 2008

Steve Earle Reads Bartolomeo Vanzetti

George De Stefano

The outspoken singer-songwriter Steve Earle, an opponent of the death penalty and a pro-immigrant new New Yorker, reads from the words of the anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

February 14, 2008

Bravo Rava: Italy's Jazz Maestro Returns to New York

George De Stefano
By Michele Cantarelli. See more of Cantarelli's photos of Enrico Rava at

Enrico Rava, Italy's most renowned jazz musician, comes to New York this month for a four-day engagement at Manhattan's Birdland (February 20-23).

January 6, 2008

Another Side of Italy's "Malessere"

George De Stefano

Italy's problems are getting a lot of media attention these days but there's one aspect the New York Times and other papers have overlooked -- the outsized presence of the Vatican...

December 31, 2007

"Pompeii Awakened": The Dead City that Still Speaks

George De Stefano
Pompeii Awakened Judith Harris I.B. Tauris

Judith Harris' fascinating new book examines the Western world's varied and shifting interpretations of Pompeii and its civilization since its rediscovery in the 18th century.

December 21, 2007

Il Ritorno di Raiz/The Return of Raiz

George De Stefano
Gennaro della Volpe aka Raiz

Gennaro della Volpe, better known as Raiz, has released "Uno," his second album as a soloist since he left the Neapolitan band Almamegretta. It's a return to form after its more...

November 25, 2007

Organized Crime in Today's Italy. A Commentary

George De Stefano

In the midst of the latest overheated political dramas over the national budget, electoral reform, and the high price of pasta, an old specter continues to haunt Italy: organized...

November 11, 2007

Italian Passages. Thoughts from the 40th AIHA Annual Conference

George De Stefano

The recent AHIA 40th Annual Conference eschew the language of nostalgia and “filiopietistic triumphalism” in favor of critical engagement with the complexities and...

October 2, 2007

Sancto Ianne

George De Stefano

Sancto Ianne offers the energy of rock, the sophistication and creative daring of jazz, the truth-telling directness of folk music, and demands that you Listen Up!

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