ISIS – Where Mass Media Meets Mass Murder

AN EXCLUSIVE WITH ANAT HOCHBERG-MAROM, AN ISRAELI COUNTER-TERRORISM EXPERT WHO SEES MARKETING AS A NECESSARY WEAPON FOR DEFEATING ISIS By Rory Winston Way before idiosyncratic fictional characters like Homeland’s Carrie Mathison or State of Affairs’ Charlie Tucker took hold of our collective imagination, there had already been a host of women such as former CIA…

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 with Karolina Alanko 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…

Budapest’s Rite of Spring

By Rory Winston While springtime and Paris have maintained a romantic relationship that’s made its way into the annals of poetry, music and fine art, there is another city equally adept at courting the season of awakenings – a city that like Paris boasts large gardens, has a river running through it, shares a similar…

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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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