Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, July 28, 2002


New releases by Hawaii authors
Reviewed by Burl Burlingame


The Paradoxical Commandments — Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World, by Kent M. Keith (Inner Ocean, $15.95)

This was originally a booklet for student leaders written by Hawaii entrepreneur Kent Keith back in the wild '60s, and subsequently found life as shared folk-wisdom, winding up in places as odd as pastor's pulpits, college dorm bathrooms and Mother Teresa's orphanage offices.

Keith reclaimed the work and it was published by Inner Ocean less than a year ago — but not for long. It was snapped up by G. P. Putnam's Sons and retitled "Anyway — The Paradoxical Commandments," with a new cover and price.

And so the modest edition shown here is something of a collectors' item. It turned out that an editor at Putnam had spent a frustrating couple of years seeking out the rights to the PCs and then one day someone simply passed her a copy of the Inner Ocean edition. It was acquired and published in record time for a major publisher, something of a coup for both local writer Keith and local publisher Inner Ocean.

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