The Primitive Entertainment Workshop is a dedicated repository for stories, art, prose poems, micro-fictions, and other simulated meaningful entertainment experiences. The works presented here belong to The Primitive Entertainment Workshop Group and are protected by The Primitive Entertainment Workshop Mafia, and any attempt to copy, steal, borrow without asking, or in other ways rip off the Primitive Entertainment Workshop will result in nasty things happening to you and your family. Any materials submitted to the P.E.W. remain property of P.E.W. (basically, that’s Richard F. Yates, by the way) and he can use them in any way he wants, including but not limited to publishing on this blog, publishing in print form, and publishing as projected spiritual energy in any dimension or time coordinates the P.E.W. decides would be fun and exciting. Thanks for your time and understanding!
—Richard F. Yates (Commander in Chief, and Lord of All Creation of the Primitive Entertainment Workshop Group)
UPDATE 18 NOV. 2014
As I write this, the Primitive Entertainment Workshop has 1,745 posts available for perusal by the average citizen with internet access and a bit of time to kill. (That number will become 1,746 as soon as I hit the “Publish” button for this piece.) It would take a new visitor 20 or 30 minutes, maybe more, to scroll down—without stopping to read a single word—and reach the first few posts on this site.
I started this project in December of 2012 as a sort of on-line ZINE, if you will. I love to make little collage zines out of paper, with micro-stories and weird poems and punk attitude sprinkled all over them, but as a POOR artist/writer/editor, I was finding it increasingly difficult to pay for photocopying and postage to distribute the fruits of my efforts, so I turned to the INTERWEBS…
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had other blogs and websites before this one, but most of those were wrapped up in a very clear THEME or focused on a specific medium (ie: PHANTOM CONVERSATION was a blog that basically held digitized copies of my PHANTOM CONVERSATION paper zine, and THE M.A.R.S. PROJECT was primarily about mail art, either that I had created and was sending out or that I had received, or announcements about when and where I was planning to SHOW the mail-art.) In other words, most of my previous blogs were digitized archives of REAL WORLD creations or events. But not here. Not really…
THIS site (somehow) has managed to stay open enough that my horror stories and fake religions and “primitive” art seem right at home with Richard O’Brien’s limericks and political satire, and Josh Erdahl’s snarky philosophy and noir stories, and Scott Sparks’s heart-wrenching poetics and rants, and Randy Long’s nostalgic journalism and homespun tales, and all of the dozens of other photographers and artists and critics and commentators and contributors… We all seem to work together to form a solid (however excruciatingly complex) whole.
I also realize that there is now SO MUCH material here that it would take weeks of dedicated digging for a single viewer to look at and read through it all. (Frankly, I would be SHOCKED to discover that this ever actually happens. If anyone attempts this feat, and succeeds, let me know. I might be able to scrape up some kind of a PRIZE and mail it to you. [Actual cash value of any such prize would undoubtedly be close to ZERO…]) We produce so much STUFF and so quickly that a lot of really great work gets buried in a matter of days (usually under a thick slush-pile of quickly sketched monsters, bunnies, and snakes.)
Still, I think we’ve created something unique with the P.E.W., and I hope to heck that my DOOM & GLOOM nightmares of a complete collapse of the electrical grid and all semblance of social order dissolving don’t come true, because I’d like to imagine that this growing archive of “fictional occurrences” (as it’s described in the banner) will be around for a long time.
Thanks again to all the satirists, freaks, poets, artists, photographers, wives, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and grandparents who have contributed to and enlivened the party here at the Workshop! If you are a scholar or archivist trying to make sense of this mess, then GOOD LUCK! (And don’t forget to include all of the OFF-SHOOT blogs about religion, postal art, serialized stories, pillows, etc., etc., etc…) AND if you’re a Conspiracy Theorist thinking that we’re passing along secret messages through the symbols and codes hidden in the images and text, WE ARE! (Keep looking. You’ll find them!)
—Richard F. Yates (Lord High Bunny Priest and Snake Juggler)
18 Nov. 2014