Leonard Nimoy, famous across generations for his role as Spock in Star Trek, died on Friday. He was 83. From a young age Nimoy was interested in photography, a passion he continued throughout his life. In 2010, Nimoy showed his Secret Selves exhibition at MASS MoCA in North Adams and the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, among other pieces of work. Richard Michelson, the gallery’s founder and owner, developed a friendship with Nimoy. Michelson recently spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about Nimoy and his photography.
All over my neighborhood, the icicles hang down from the eaves of the roofs like colonies of bats clustered along the walls of caves. Emerging from under the heavy cover of melting and re-freezing snow, each icicle begins as gently dripping water which never quite makes it to its destined place on the earth, even under the spell of gravity. The drops congeal and are frozen in the grip of arctic temperatures which transform them into mute winter sculptures.
Area congressional representatives are reacting to the House of Representatives’ move Friday night to pass a one-week extension to approve a funding plan for the Department of Homeland Security.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont issued a statement saying:
“At a time when ISIS is a growing terrorist threat to the United States and countries around the world, it is incomprehensible that the Republican House of Representatives refuses to follow what the Senate did and fund the Department of Homeland Security for the entire fiscal year. Enough is enough. “
I was traveling through Albany the other day and passed over the railroad tracks in downtown Albany, and as I did so, below me was an endless stream of oil tank cars. I couldn’t tell if they were the famous DT111s, or the “safer 1232s.” The recent accidents in Mount Carbon West Virginia and a remote area north of Timmons, Ontario, both resulted in substantial derailments and oil spills. If you are stopped at any railroad crossing in northern New York, you will see endless streams of oil tank cars, as I observed in Albany.