[Picture of a man and a woman sitting side by side on a wooden bench. Both sit bolt upright with their hands on their sides. He wears a black wool coat and a white shirt buttoned to the top button; his hair is short and parted at the side. She wears a functional, brown housedress, a gray beret, and horn-rimmed glasses; her lipstick is thickly applied. Both stare straight ahead, unsmiling. Their expressions are severe and seem distracted by a loud noise. Behind them sits a square building with tall windows along one side. A single barren tree cuts an irregular line parallel to the horizon across the background’s further gray. The invitation is printed on undyed matte card stock. Translated from German, the block print reads:]


you are invited to the joining ceremony of

friedhold werner and ulrike schulthiess.

staatliches bauhaus, dessau

wednesday june 15, 1931

friedhold’s brother, gunther, will perform a series of tone poems in commemoration.

after, tea and borscht.

if you cannot attend, fold this invitation in half and send it back

unmarked in the enclosed self-addressed envelope.

indicate your attendance by doing nothing.

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NATHAN PENSKY is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing M.F.A. program at Mills College and has been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MONKEYBICYCLE, and many others. He is an Associate Flash Fiction/Fiction Editor for the online literary journal JMWW, and a frequent contributor for the pop culture website PopMatters.

5 responses to “Bauhaus Wedding Invitation”

  1. Summer Block says:

    “indicate your attendance by doing nothing.”

    I appreciate this all the more because I just got home this evening from a wedding. It was nerd-themed, in honor of Pi Day, definitely not Bauhaus, but it did feature instrumental versions of classic video game music.

    • Nathan Pensky says:

      Oh, boy. Instrumental versions of classic video game music are my favorite. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Gt4tOUd-g] This is my favorite band of that genre, The Advantage, which refers to a SuperNES controller that was really not very helpful, and which as a kid I used to call The Disadvantage. Then again, when I was in high school, I was in a band, and my bassist-friend swears that having this controller helped his fingers to become more dexterous and thus a better bassist. To each his own, I guess.

      This comment response is nerd-themed.

  2. Gloria says:

    Esoteric, quirky, and funny as hell. The mental image of the couple on the front of the card is priceless.

    How the hell do you think of this shit?

  3. Jong Java says:

    Why RSVP is so important? In my country, it’s not usual to tell your attendance to the invitor.

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