To the Honorable Miss S… and other stories by Ret Marut a.k.a. B. Traven

TO THE HONORABLE MISS S… AND OTHER STORIES by Ret Marut a.k.a. B. Traven With an introduction by Will Wyatt, Producer of the BBC documentary B. Traven: A Mystery Solved (See FILMS) (Translated from the German by Peter Silcock). Originally published in English by Cienfuegos Press, Sanday, Orkney (1981)

In 1916 Ret Marut, the author who later became famous under the nom de plume of B. Traven, published this collection of fifteen stories under the title TO THE HONOURABLE MISS S … Written during the years when he was an itinerant actor and journalist in Germany before and during World War I, most of these stories first appeared when Marut edited the anti-war journal, Der Ziegelbrenner (The Brickburner), in Munich. They foreshadow many of the themes and philosophy that characterise such great works as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Death Ship, The White Rose, The Bridge in the Jungle, and other novels and stories Traven wrote later in Mexico. This collection includes such tales as “The Story of a Nun,” in which a doctor marries a doomed woman whom he first meets as a ghost, and “The Silk Scarf,” a simple story with an acidulous ending. Other stories deal with such subjects as pretension, fashion, greed, exploitation, and the price of success, all themes that Traven further developed in his subsequent work. The title story, “To the Honourable Miss S…”, is a romantic love story told against the backdrop of trench warfare in World War I. The vivid realism of the war scenes is reminiscent of Enrich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front.

A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg

A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg (Produced by Hal Willner, Friday, January 22 at 7:30pm) at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

On January 22, St. Ann’s Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the lifelong anarchist, anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Kupferberg suffered two strokes, in April and September 2009, which left him blind, confined to his apartment and in need of 24-hour care. He is recovering well and is able to speak clearly, but has overwhelming medical expenses not covered by Medicare or the very modest publishing/royalties income he earns at the age of 86. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the Pentagon, which earned him a spot in Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Armies of the Night), or because of top 40-unfriendly songs like “Coca-Cola Douche”, the Fugs didn’t spend a lot of time on Ed Sullivan. They were a huge influence on what later became indie music, as well as the work of icons Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground.
So far, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, John Zorn, Richard Belzer, Sonic Youth, members of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs are scheduled to play. Tickets are $75-$125 and are available here or call (718) 254.8779