Posts Tagged ‘Rory Winston’

OUR MAN ROLLINS

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By Rory Winston Look forward in anger: a fitting battle cry for stand-up raconteur Henry Rollins, the punk patriot who continues to wave his symbolic Black Flag behind enemy lines. Though the band of that name has retreated into history, Rollins refuses to surrender to either unfocused rage or age. Instead, he has become a […]


STORIES TO BE SPUN

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By Rory Winston Spinning a yarn as though one’s life depended on it is the subtext of “Scheherazade.” It is also the essence of the Kirov Ballet, the historically-renowned company of tale-spinners, leapers, and contortionists that have put their respective cabrioles, triple tours and jetés entrelacés at the service of this ballet classic. The well […]


An Impresario for Our Times

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By Rory Winston For all his flaws, Sergei Diaghilev was the quintessential impresario. Beyond scouting out the most exceptional talents of his day, he inspired them to traverse what were otherwise strict boundaries. He created interdisciplinary collaborations that brought diverse artists the likes of Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Picasso under one roof. Whether or not Mikhail […]


THE EXPANDING BORSCHT BELT

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By Rory Winston In the mid-70’s, comedian Robert Klein in a set recalled how frustrating it was to watch early Borscht Belt comics: ‘Each joke came with a ‘beauty of a lead-in’ only to succumb to an incomprehensible Yiddish punch-line. Translating these show-stopper phrases was impossible since they often amounted to no more than an […]


A SURVIVOR’S DICTIONARY

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By Rory Winston He wants every sentence to speak out of its own experience.                                                                                    […]


FALUDY: A COSMOPOLITAN REMEMBERED

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AT HOME WITH HOMELESSNESS by Rory Winston “An author I know claimed he works so intensely, that not even the sound of a woman screaming for help or a baby crying can stir him from his desk… and to tell you the truth, when I read his books I believed him… Each book is: cold, […]


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