You both grew up in a rural setting? How has that impacted you?
Richard: "In Romance, the men are men, and the sheep are nervous. Seriously, though, small towns are well and good...for bumpkins. But I feel like I'm an urban sophisticate these days. I once drank chai tea, for goodness sake! At a coffee shop! You can't do that in Romance. And I enjoy having a Replay Lounge just down the street. But at the same time I've taken great care to cultivate my southern drawl. The ladies love that drawl!"
Chip: "Fortt Scottt is a simple place and we'd like to keep it that way. When Larryville threatens to make me soft, I go home for awhile and pitch haybales and just sit on the porch and look at the cattle, sometimes while I chew on a blade of grass. Occasionally the community will gather to lay pennies down in a line in the hope of breaking a world record. We enjoy that. Now I suppose city life has affected me in certain ways (I do like poetry, and tennis), but I still think of myself as a country boy."
Why has blogging become your preferred outlet of artistic expression?
Richard: "There's a certain interesting kind of "public anonymity' to it, I think, though 'Chip' here might disagree. It's a good way to create a persona and say shit we can't say in 'real life, as well as keep our friends from afar updated on our various shenanigans. I think people mostly get it. Plus, there's a real market for blogs these days. When people need a break from looking at on-line porn, reading a blog can be a nice distraction until you're ready for more porn."
Chip: "What I dislike is the blogs that are essentially public 'diaries' in which people report on their 'crushes' and their 'hopes and dreams.' There IS a place for that, sure, and that place is under your fucking pillow! It's where I keep mine, which mostly contains my musings on various waitresses along with a few short poems and some sketchings of horses."
It seems that the Larryville Chronicles almost exclusively operates in a comic mode. What are some of your influences?
Richard: "I like deadpan stuff, where you might not realize something is funny until a few seconds later, and I have to admit to a taste for the current Apatow style of raunch and 'bromance.' Also, the surrealism of some of the Mr. Show sketches, although I haven't figured out how to use that here to my advantage."
Chip: "I'll give you comedy in six words: People...getting...kicked...in...the...balls."
Ideally, where do you boys see yourself in ten years?
Richard: "I assume I'll be married, living in a peaceful college town, and writing a very serious novel about suburban ennui. Either that, or hanging out in the back booth at Quinton's."
Chip: "On a farm in Forttt Scottt with two kids. I'll teach English...and maybe coach a little football. Not soccer. Never soccer. On Saturdays the missus and I will head into Joplin for a nice dinner at The Olive Garden. Either that, or hanging out in the back booth at Quinton's.