Boris Glikman – Underground Australian Celebrity With A Mind Like A Planet

Boris Glikman image(NOTE: This article was updated on May 24, 2016)

I’ve posted several quirky short stories by Australian writer Boris Glikman this year on my blog including The mePhone, The Day Death Died, America In The Sky (In Memoriam)and The Substitute SunNow I want to share with you an article about Boris that was published by Fantastic Books Publishing who recently welcomed Boris to their family.

Boris Glikman is an incredible guy. He’s smart, talented and is a prolific producer of poetry and short stories. He’d need about ten blogs to cram in all his achievements so here’s the edited version, we’ve done our best…

Boris is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia.  The biggest influences on his writing are dreams, Kafka, Borges and Dali. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various e-zines and print publications. Boris has appeared a number of times on the radio, including Australian national radio, performing his poems and stories and discussing the meaning of his work. In 2008 his short story – The Clearness and the Impenetrability – was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Among his many talents, Boris is a mathematician and physicist of great prowess and has several mathematical proofs to his name. His network is one of pure creative talent and it’s a real pleasure to welcome him and his friends to the Fantastic Books Publishing family.

Boris has, for many years now, shared his work with the world. His beautifully envisaged story ‘the mePhone’ is a great idea but unfortunately was a little too adult for our short story competition. When we told Boris this, ever the Jedi, he promptly sent us a children’s version!

Here’s a link to the adult version of the mePhone. You’ll have to wait for the anthology before you see the children’s version.

Here’s a link to the Caterpillion, a wonderful Eric Carle-esque look at a different kind of hunger, also by Boris.

Boris continues to create today and his work has been performed live, set to music, painted about, spoken about, broadcast on radio and has even been displayed for 2 months on a giant screen in Melbourne’s equivalent of Times Square called Federation Square, as well as on other screens in Melbourne’s city centre.

He has two degrees: Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Philosophy and Linguistics) and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Mathematics and Physics). Since completing his degrees, he has pursued a writing career.

Dreams are also an important source of creative inspiration to him and many of his stories originate from the scenarios and ideas in his dreams.

Boris says: “Writing for me is a spiritual activity of the highest degree. Writing gives me the conduit to a world that is unreachable by any other means, a world that is populated by Eternal Truths, Ineffable Questions and Infinite Beauty. It is my hope that these stories of mine will allow the reader to also catch a glimpse of this universe.”

Boris used to be the philosopher of a spiritual community and many of his articles were given their premiere by being read out in public programs in front of 200 or so people.

Boris says that he has two life-long ambitions: to become a child prodigy when he grows up and to change the very fabric of space-time itself.

Boris uses the image above as his profile picture. Much like some of his deeper, philosophical work, it made our collective heads hurt so we thought we’d share it with you too.

Boris has also had one of his parables translated into the unique whistling language Silbo Gomero, traditionally spoken by inhabitants in the Canary Islands to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys. Here’s a link to the video, where you can listen to the recording of the parable being whistled as well read the parable both in English and in Spanish.
In his bid to become, amongst many other things, the next Weird Al Yankovic, Boris also writes song parodies which are regularly performed live by professional musicians. You can find videos of their performances  herehere and here.
 
Boris is also working on adapting his stories to the cinematic medium with the Australian film director Peter T. Nathan. Boris contributed to the script of the film “Six Steps to Eternal Death“, written and directed by Peter T. Nathan, which won the Best Film award at the Deakin University Best Film & Television Honours 2015 awards ceremony.

Welcome to the family Boris!

Just imagine,

Daniel and Gabi

More from Boris Glikman:

“Science has always been my first love and I have been creative in the mathematics/physics fields since my teenage years. Until relatively recently, mathematics/physics/science fields were my first interest and it is to them that I devoted most of my time and creative energy, and writing was a distant second interest. Consequently, because I have always been interested in all those fields, I did two degrees Arts/Science at university, to pursue further my interests and learn more about those fields.

However, even before going to the University, I was already creating my own proofs and theories in the mathematics/physics fields, because I did a lot of self-study right from my teenage years. By the age of 15, I was already sending out my ideas in physics to university professors who were quite impressed by their depth and breadth. School teachers and university lecturers saw me as a very promising mathematician/physicist, right up there in the top 1%.

But, for a number of reasons, I became thoroughly disenchanted with science (which I always saw as THE path to the truth) and so instead started to devote all of my attention and energy to writing (which until then I pretty much neglected as a creative outlet), and for me now writing is the path to the truth.”

If you missed reading Boris Glikman’s short stories on this blog and are curious about them, you can go back to the first paragraph of this post and click on the story titles to be taken to them. I think you’ll be glad you did!

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21 comments

  1. Boris · September 20, 2013

    thank you very much for this Christine, I really appreciate your support and interest in my work!

    • scullylovepromo · September 20, 2013

      You are always welcome Boris! As an appreciator of Dali, I now understand why your work so intrigues me! It is always welcome on this blog. 🙂

      • Boris · October 2, 2013

        Yes, in some way, Dali has deeply influenced my work.

  2. Dan Grubb · September 20, 2013

    Boris is a true celebrity in the very real sense of the word. His work, attitude and humility give us all a template to live up to.

    Long may his rise to stardom continue.

    Yay Boris!

    • scullylovepromo · September 20, 2013

      Amen Dan! Amen!!

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment. I appreciate it.

      All my best,
      Christine

    • Boris · October 2, 2013

      Dan, I am very proud of my humbleness!

      • irinadim · September 9, 2015

        You always make me laugh, Boris.

    • irinadim · September 9, 2015

      Ditto!

      • Boris · September 9, 2015

        Ditto to the Ditto!

      • Boris · September 9, 2015

        I always make myself laugh too Irina and so it’s impossible for me to go down the street without strange looks being directed at me.

  3. irinadim · September 9, 2015

    Thank you for sharing Boris’s work. I’m one of his many admirers.

    • scullylovepromo · September 9, 2015

      It’s my pleasure! Thank you for stopping by to check it out. Boris is a true original, that’s for sure! 🙂

      All my best,
      Christine

      • Boris · September 9, 2015

        Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my work on your wonderful site Christine!

    • Boris · September 9, 2015

      yes, thank you for sharing it Christine! I’m one of his admirers too, if not his biggest fan!

      • irinadim · September 10, 2015

        Lol! Boris, you are incorrigible.

      • Boris · September 13, 2015

        that’s fine Irina, I can wait for you to study it. No rush.

    • Boris · September 10, 2015

      Please specify which type of LOL you used above Irina:

      1) the false LOL: writing LOL without actually laughing

      2) the absent LOL: laughing but not writing LOL

      3) the unsynchronised LOL: the writing of LOL is not synchronised with the laughter
      The unsynchronised LOL can be further subdivided into 2 subcategories

      3a) the premature LOL: writing LOL before laughing

      3b) the delayed LOL: writing LOL after laughing

      4) the poly-unsynchronised LOL: only laughing once but writing several LOLs.

      5) the mono-unsynchronised LOL: laughing several times but only writing one LOL

      6) the post-modern ironic LOL

      7) the hollow laughter LOL

      8) the silent laughter LOL

      9) the wry smile LOL

      10 the laughter through the tears LOL

      11) the crooked smile LOL

      12) the reversed-LOL LOL: when one laughs backwards

      13) the LOL-induced LOL: the laughter that is not caused by any external factors, but rather by the very act of writing LOL.

      14) the silent but deadly LOL

      Please also specify, for survey purposes, which category of LOL commenters you belong to Irina:

      Type A: Commenters who write LOL but who don’t laugh.

      Type B: Commenters who laugh, but who don’t write LOL.

      Type C: Commenters who neither laugh nor write LOL.

      Type D: Commenters who laugh and who write LOL.

      Type D commenters can be further divided into 2 subcategories:

      Type D1: Commenters who laugh and write LOL simultaneously or write LOL moments after laughing.

      Type D2: Commenters who neither synchronise writing LOL with their laughter nor synchronise their laughter with writing LOL.

      • Ann · September 13, 2015

        Now this is too funny…lol… or should I say…lol?

      • Boris · September 18, 2015

        thank you Ann, glad you found it amusing. This particular classification of LOLs comes from a satirical piece I wrote titled “THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: A RETROSPECTIVE LOOK BACK AT THE TOP FACEBOOK STORIES OF 2012”. You can find it here if you wanted to take a look at it:

        Posted by Boris Glikman on Friday, December 28, 2012

    • Boris · September 10, 2015

      Boris
      September 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

      Please specify which type of LOL you used above Irina:

      1) the false LOL: writing LOL without actually laughing

      2) the absent LOL: laughing but not writing LOL

      3) the unsynchronised LOL: the writing of LOL is not synchronised with the laughter
      The unsynchronised LOL can be further subdivided into 2 subcategories

      3a) the premature LOL: writing LOL before laughing

      3b) the delayed LOL: writing LOL after laughing

      4) the poly-unsynchronised LOL: only laughing once but writing several LOLs.

      5) the mono-unsynchronised LOL: laughing several times but only writing one LOL

      6) the post-modern ironic LOL

      7) the hollow laughter LOL

      8) the silent laughter LOL

      9) the wry smile LOL

      10 the laughter through the tears LOL

      11) the crooked smile LOL

      12) the reversed-LOL LOL: when one laughs backwards

      13) the LOL-induced LOL: the laughter that is not caused by any external factors, but rather by the very act of writing LOL.

      14) the silent but deadly LOL

      Please also specify, for survey purposes, which category of LOL commenters you belong to Irina:

      Type A: Commenters who write LOL but who don’t laugh.

      Type B: Commenters who laugh, but who don’t write LOL.

      Type C: Commenters who neither laugh nor write LOL.

      Type D: Commenters who laugh and who write LOL.

      Type D commenters can be further divided into 2 subcategories:

      Type D1: Commenters who laugh and write LOL simultaneously or write LOL moments after laughing.

      Type D2: Commenters who neither synchronise writing LOL with their laughter nor synchronise their laughter with writing LOL.

      • irinadim · September 10, 2015

        I need to study this in some depth before I can give you an honest answer.

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