A Language All It’s Own

HALF-GEORGIAN HALF-RUSSIAN, ALEX POP SPEAKS FLUENT MUSIC By Rory Winston Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov… Not only had some brilliant English writers hailed from non-English speaking countries but a gifted few had even managed to surpass their native counterparts in terms of eloquence and nuance. So why was I surprised. Why did it seem strange –…

Turning Zinc into Brass

INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNER DAZZLES A PACKED HOUSE AT NYC’S ZINC BAR By Rory Winston “A slow afternoon brings a thousand memories.” The words wafted through the Zinc Bar, caroming from ear to ear before gently settling on the nape of each listener’s neck like a fading embrace. It was an ethereal voice that surfed…

The Belated Visit

A Book Review By Rory Winston   “That’s him. Definitely him,” exclaimed my mother knocking her glasses off her nose as she struggled to show me a page from the massive book she was reading. “My grandfather, you’re great grandfather – there. Look. Look”, she uttered in a voice that caromed from exhilaration to litany…

A Hungarian Rhapsody

By Rory Winston As Robbie Williams belted out the lyrics to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at Budapest’s 23rd Sziget Festival, it became ever more difficult to determine what the answer was to the opening phrase “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” What was certain, however, is that between the ‘thunderbolts and lightning’ and…

The Brand Wagon : #2

The Hook, the Line, & the Unsinkable DeVito/Verdi By Don Winter & Rory Winston I feel like the advertising of the 60’s, they were nervier. You know why?” proclaimed Jerry Seinfeld, “Because there was less at stake.” Although someone like Don Draper of Mad Men would likely have disagreed with the assessment of having less…

Country to Country

By Rory Winston

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It’s not enough to be American. You always have to be something else, Irish-American, German-American, and you’d wonder how they’d get along if someone hadn’t invented the hyphen,” wrote the late great Frank McCourt, in Tis: a memoir. Another Irish-American who’d undoubtedly agree with the author is the Joseph M. Murphy, Chairman of Country Bank, who could not only justify the Irish-American hyphenation but could as easily make a case for hyphenating community with bank, intimate with corporation, and relationship with institution; the last hyphen, of course, being his evolution from the son of a teamster from Dunworley, County Cork, Ireland to President of a large real estate investment banking corporation; to being an initial investor and Director of the ever-burgeoning enterprise, Country Bank.

Dressed to the Teeth and Beyond

By Rory Winston

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Angel Morales

Didn’t even need therapy to rehabilitate my smile,” croons Regina Spektor in her song Rejazz. Lucky her. Unlike the Russian born singer-songwriter most people need help with their teeth and occlusion. It’s almost easy to imagine Spektor’s phrase being answered by a chorus of disapproval, a chorus made up entirely of beaming dental patients who sing how they needed therapy to resurrect their smiles. As poetic justice demands, such billboard smiles owe their success to yet another talented woman of Russian origin. The second generation New Yorker, and third generation dentist I’m referring to is the highly acclaimed Dr. Irene Grafman – someone who is, for lack of better definition - a dental artist working within a genre of her own making.KDV_8430_001a_small-600x902

The Brand Wagon: #1

Airborne with Avión By Don Winter & Rory Winston Privileged Access… Tips from the Top… Memos from a Mogul…? No. We didn’t need one more of those columns that brandished recycled quotes from industrial magnates as though they were surefire formulas for amassing fortunes. Our age had a surfeit of how-to books where Google-searched aphorisms…

Hearing is Believing

By Rory Winston Photos by Noam Galai/Getty Images “I’m waiting for better angels” sings the recently deceased ‘it’s my party’ legend Lesley Gore on her last album Ever Since; and not since Johnny Cash did the legendary cover version of Trent Reznor’s Hurt has an aging icon found a better fit. Had Stephen Sondheim’s Desiree in A Little Night…

Back to the Future

By Rory Winston

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Bella on Demand Beauty
Angel Morales


Shortly after Ballet Russe’s Parisian debut of Scheherazade in 1910, couturier Paul Poiret ran from the theater as though seized by a revelation. For the next few months he immersed himself in studying everything from harems to geishas to Chinese ceramics. Integrating Orientalism into European design, he harmonized exotic motifs with his own period’s aesthetics. While his sensibility remained incontrovertibly French, the themes strayed as Far East as the zeitgeist would allow. Paradigm shifts in art and design have always been more about infusing an existent tradition with nuance than about abandoning the conventions entirely. The ability to revisit our world with fresh eyes and imbue familiar forms with unfamiliar perspectives was as true for Elsa Schiaparelli (who used inspiration by surrealists like Dali) as it was for Claire McCardell who saw the movements of sports through an artistic filter in much the same way Nijinsky had seen it while choreographing Jeux years earlier. A similar notion of incorporation and cultural cross-pollination holds for the highly gifted contemporary couple that makes up the prestigious brand, Hanley Mellon –HM (not to be confused with H&M)