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  George de Stefano
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am an accomplished and widely published writer and editor, with 25 years of experience in print and digital media. I also have been a communications/publications manager in government and nonprofit agencies. I am well-versed in such subject areas as culture and the arts, politics, health and social issues.

My nonfiction book, "An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) examines America's enduring fascination with organized crime.

My film credits include: "Beyond Wiseguys" (PBS, 2008), "The Godfather Legacy" (History Channel, 2012), and "The Italian Americans," a forthcoming (2014) four-part PBS documentary. I was a consultant and interviewee, for all three films.

I am currently available for writing and editing assignments, as a freelance or staff writer/editor. I welcome inquiries from editors, agents, and hiring managers.

I am a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and The Author's Guild.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 7 Years
Editor 20 Years
Writer 25 Years
Specialty
Arts & Humanities 25 Years
Health 20 Years
Politics 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
26 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Nation (11+), Farrar, Straus, Giroux (6-10), Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide (3-5), I-Italy (3-5), Rootsworld (3-5), The Examiner (3-5), New York Journal of Books (1-2), PopMatters (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
City University of New York Presses (3-5), University of Kentucky Presses (1-2), University of Toronto Press (1-2)
Other Work History
Have contributed to diverse publications including Newsday, Film Comment, Cineaste, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
Computer Skills
Word; Excel; Powerpoint; Windows; MAC; Adobe Pro; Internet research
Technical Skills
Adobe
Equipment
digital camera, audio recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Speak, read and write Italian;read Spanish and French
Work Permits & Visas
US passport
References
Denise Oswald, Senior Editor, Harper Collins; Anthony Tamburri, City University of New York (CUNY); Lisa Rojany Buccieri, editor, New York Journal of Books (online); Sarah Zupko, editor, Pop Matters (online)
Associations
Author's Guild
National Book Critics Circle
Other
Collaboration with documentary filmmakers, including on-screen appearances in PBS documentary film "Beyond Wiseguys" (2008) and History Channel documentary "The Godfather Legacy" (2012); public speaking (conference panels and lectures) and media appearances (TV and radio)
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere.
Work Samples
 
Journalism  
(I-Italy, 5/27/2013)
The Open Roads festival of new Italian films, held annually in June at Lincoln Center, has become one of New York's major film events. I interviewed festival co-founder and director Antonio Monda about the 2013 edition of Open Roads.
Pop Music  
(The Examiner, 8/14/2013)
The American pop music charts may be dominated by insipid, lowest-common denominator fare, but some truly great music is being made around the globe, and more of it is now available to consumers than ever before. The audience for "world music" is growing as listeners tire of bland corporate pop.
(PopMatters, 1/16/2013)
Latin rhythms have been ingrained in the DNA of American popular music ever since New Orleans jazz founding father Jelly Roll Morton coined the phrase "the Spanish tinge" to describe the Cuban elements he and other Creole musicians were incorporating in their compositions.
(PopMatters, 4/27/2012)
For three consecutive weekends in the spring of 2012, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack brought New Orleans to New York, with a series of remarkable concerts highlighting the Crescent City's incomparable musical heritage.
(PopMatters, 5/23/2011)
"In this Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded." Greil Marcus calls "
World Music  
(Pop Matters, 3/11/2013)
Soulful, passionate, exciting and even a bit strange at times, Pizzica Indiavolata not only establishes Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino as premier exponents of Salento's music; the album also stakes the group's claim to being one of the most distinctive and brilliant bands on the world music scene.
(Rootsworld, 12/29/2012)
Two reviews from Rootsworld of recent albums by the brilliant Vinicio Capossela, Rebetiko Gymnastas and Marinai, Profeti e Balene. I've called Vinicio Capossela Italy's most audacious singer-songwriter. But that sells him short. He's one of most original talents from anywhere on the globe.
(PopMatters, 9/1/2011)
Feature article about Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, an Italian "roots" band that specializes in the pizzica tarantata, a folk music born in the Salento peninsula of Italy's deep south, way down in the heel of the boot. The article was a preview of the first North American tour by the group, which
(Rootsworld, 6/7/2007)
A treasure trove of superb African music, mainly Congolese rumba, as well as South African and Zimbabwean styles.
Critical Essays  
(The Essential Sopranos Reader, 6/24/2011)
"A Finook in the Crew: Vito Spatafore, The Sopranos, and the Queering of the Mafia Genre" looks at one of the most controversial and compelling Sopranos narratives -- that of the gay gangster Vito Spatafore.
(University of Toronto, 4/30/2011)
I contributed two essays about Italian films, "The Hundred Steps" and "Forever, Mary" to this groundbreaking anthology of critical essays about the Mafia film genre, in both its American and European incarnations. Portrayals of the Italian and Italian-American mafia, though, have differed markedly o
("An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America", 3/7/2007)
This is an excerpt from Chapter Five of my book, "An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America." (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus, Giroux) The book examines "the Mafia Myth," a pop culture mythology that has fascinated Americans -- and not only them -- since the silent film era. The chap
Book Reviews  
(The Italian American Review, 8/1/2012)
"Music has always been and continues to be one of the primary forms of Italian American expression and the area of perhaps its strongest contribution to the common culture because it involves the spheres of classical as well as popular music."
(New York Journal of Books, 1/31/2012)
Hanne Blank's chronicle of straightness, encompassing courtship and marriage, pop culture mythologies, science, politics, and economics, not only points to the changing nature of heterosexuality over time. It also debunks outdated ideas about the differences between men and women. We now know that t
(New York Journal of Books, 10/26/2010)
The inside cover of Life carries a note, in Richards' handwriting: "This is the Life. Believe it or not, I haven't forgotten any of it." Given Richards' history of substance use, a reader might scoff. Skepticism, however, evaporates quickly with immersion in the book.
(New York Journal of Books, 5/11/2010)
Daniel Okrent's "Last Call" is a richly detailed, often surprising, and gripping social history of Prohibition
(The Nation, 12/31/2001)
In this review essay about "All the Rage," a 2001 book by sociologist Suzanna Danuta Walters, I examine the contradictory status of gays and lesbians in contemporary American society.
Politics  
(I-Italy, 3/14/2013)
My interview with Brooklyn's Sal Albanese, the former Democratic NYC Council member who has returned to politics after 15 years - as a candidate for Mayor. Why has he decided to enter a crowded race, with little name recognition or money?
(Italian American Studies Association, 2/13/2013)
Frank Barbaro, born in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents from Sicily and Calabria, is one of the last living links to a milieu that has been called "the lost world of Italian American radicalism."
(I-Italy, 1/6/2012)
Roberto Saviano, the author of "Gomorrah," the international best-selling expose' of the Neapolitan mafia, spoke about organized crime, its involvement with big business and government, and how Italy confronts it, at a standing room only December 2011 appearance at New York University. I covered the
Public Health  
(NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 7/1/2013)
I edited this epidemiological report from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about hearing loss caused by personal music players.
(NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 3/1/2013)
I edited this Vital Signs report about The Retail Advertising Tobacco Survey, an observational survey of about 2,000 licensed tobacco retailers conducted in the summer of 2011. This Vital Signs presents the findings of this survey and includes recommendations for retailers and others.
(New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 8/1/2010)
I wrote, edited and arranged design and production of this HIV prevention educational brochure targeted to gay men and other men who have sex with men.
Contact Info
  George de Stefano
Long Island City, NY 11109
USA

E-Mail: gdsnyc@verizon.net
Website: http://www.georgedestefano.com