IT was on one of those early trips in the 1970s to Clare Island when American pho- tographer, Ron Rosenstock decided to impress the late Michael Joe O’Malley with his knowledge of the 18th century German philosopher, Immanuel Kant. So there they are sitting drinking O’Malley’s homemade hooch (or mead, as he called it) in the shadow of his big open fire in the village of Ballytoughy Mór when the philosophy major from Worcester, Massa- chusetts quotes a short tract from the ‘Prolegom- ena to Any Future Metaphysics’, draws a breath and awaits a gasp of affirmation. Instead, the island philosopher – with his inimitable low-key delivery – simply continues reciting at least another two pages of the tract.
“I never tried that stunt again,” Ron Rosenstock tells The Mayo News.
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