Seth Brown's New Book Chronicles Unconventional Organizations

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Nov. 10, 2004 – In his new book “Think You Are the Only One?” Seth Brown sets out to prove that for every wild idea, there may well be an organization to support it.

Traveling across space and time, Brown’s book is a fantastic catalogue of groups, societies, and clubs dedicated to the not-quite-ordinary.

From the Procrastinator’s Club (“rampant in college”) to the Squirrel Lover’s Club (“the country has freedom declared, but we can’t decide whether we want to feed or keep squirrels”) to the Extra Milers Club, dedicated to visiting every county in the U.S. (“visiting more than 3,100 counties means now that many of them are, regrettably, not especially memorable”), Brown captures a colorful panorama of unusual interests.

Some fall into the category of hobbies (the American Collectors of Infant Feeders), some sports (The Solid Rock Climbers for Christ) and some are scientific organizations (International Carnivorous Plant Society). There is a list of groups by category in the back of the book, so that any reader can find his or her “Oddball Groups Where Outsiders Fit in.”

The point he makes is that “while it’s not easy being an outsider, life gets better once you find people that you can fit in with.”

Already a member of the Style Invitational Losers, during his research for this book Brown joined the Benevolent and Loyal Order of Pessimists and wore a Dull Men’s Club T-shirt while writing. He writes in the introduction, that “people commented on that T-shirt … and [someone] said he was going to look into the group.”

Published in 2004 through becker&mayer! and Barnes & Nobles Books, Brown’s compendium of the world’s most bizarre groups asks probing questions, features inside information, and, includes, of course, instructions to join. “These instructions range from putting one’s name on a mailing list, to a small registration fee, to, in the case of The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, a photo of your luxuriant flowing hair, and credentials as a scientist.”

Comprised of two-page features for more than 60 groups, Brown presents each oddball group’s mission, history, and contact information for the curious reader. Given the breadth of groups that Brown covers, it might not be surprising for a reader to consider joining one or more of his featured clubs by book’s end.

Brown graduated from Williams College in 2001. During his college years Brown wrote for the Williams Record and was the founder and editor of the Mad Cow Humor Magazine. His unique ability to make anything rhyme led to extemporaneous rhyming floor speeches at public debates during his sojourn at Williams, in response to speakers such as Pat Buchanan and Michael Dukakis on such varied issues as gun control and trade with China.

For more information or to order the book, go to www.RisingPun.com.

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