Boris Zelkin

About Boris Zelkin

Russian-born Boris Zelkin is an Emmy Award-winning composer who has written the music to countless films, documentaries, television shows and major sporting events, including the Tucker Carlson show, Bill O'Reilly, "Gosnell," “FrackNation,” Citizen United’s “Rediscovering God in America II,” Roger Simon’s “Lies and Whispers,” the America's Cup, the Masters, the World Skating Championships, the U.S. Open, NASCAR, the Stanley Cup Championship, and the theme to ESPN’s NCAA championship coverage. Zelkin received his B.A. from Colgate University and earned his M.A. in religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has written extensively on the culture for various online journals and was a major contributor to the recently released “Bond Forever,” a book about the James Bond franchise. He currently resides in Los Angeles but is always looking for a way out.

Nate Silver and the Fetish of Data-Driven Journalism

"Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1." "Never tell me the odds!" ―C-3PO and Han Solo   Yogi Berra famously threw the fat lady off her stage in 1973 when he said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” With the rise of and reliance upon data-driven modeling of elections and

By | 2017-02-07T21:42:02+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

The “Rage” of the Poets

Prepare to have your life disrupted. Free verse may be in short supply for awhile. Sunday is the day that poet Alan Kaufman has called for a general strike—among poets—who will stop rhyming for a day of protest. Actually, while the call to arms does refer to the event as a strike, which usually means a

By | 2017-01-14T22:52:09+00:00 January 14th, 2017|

Meryl’s Bad Memory

“I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?” –Meryl Streep as Kate Mundy in “Dancing at Lughnasa” Meryl Streep on Sunday brought all her righteousness to bear at the Golden Globes where she excoriated President-elect Trump and passionately spoke to the necessity of a free and brave press in order to fight, what I can only

By | 2017-01-09T17:07:17+00:00 January 9th, 2017|

Obama Limps into History

Most non-Millennials know the history. Facing a sure defeat at the hands of Napoleon in 1812, the Russians retreated. As they retreated, they burned crops, destroyed bridges and successfully weakened and slowed the advancing French army. In the end, the demoralized and depleted French endured a brutal Russian winter without supplies only to face ultimate

By | 2017-01-04T17:34:32+00:00 January 4th, 2017|

Fake News and the Crisis of Truth

“Fake news” is all the rage these days. Sky-is-falling news reports and politicians would have us believe it is an urgent problem that demands immediate government inquiries and solutions. Yet fake news itself is just a new spin on an old phenomenon. Its current abundance is the result of a public's mounting crisis of faith

By | 2016-12-15T15:46:28+00:00 December 14th, 2016|

‘What am I Gonna Tell My Kids?’

Apparently, the children of Hillary Clinton voters are despondent at the outcome of Tuesday's election. Or maybe their parents are projecting. Either way, very serious people at very serious publications are offering advice to parents who aren't sure what to tell their kids about President-elect Donald J. Trump. I'll tell you what you shouldn't tell them:

By | 2016-11-10T12:26:22+00:00 November 10th, 2016|