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Intergalactic Asian American Seeks Promotion: A Candid Conversation with Garrett Wang (Part 1)
6/28/2011 3:01:56 AM
As requested, here is Part 1 of 2 of an interview I did back in 2004 with actor Garrett Wang of Star Trek: Voyager fame. Part 2 will be published tomorrow.
Intergalactic Asian American Seeks Promotion: A Candid Conversation with Garrett Wang (Part 1)
I was watching a DVD release of Star Trek: Voyager with a friend of mine back in 2004 and, at some point, I looked over at her and said “I should interview Garrett Wang.” You see, I was writing for an online magazine at the time called Modamag doing film reviews, music reviews and the occasional interview. Anyway, my friend looked over at me and casually dropped a “There’s no way you could interview him.”
I hate that.
I really hate that.
So I looked up and found his agent’s information, drafted an e-mail and sent it off. I’d just gotten in from work a couple days later and my phone rang.
“Can I speak to Kage?”
“This is Garrett Wang. You contacted my agent about something?”
“Yes. Did your agent not tell you why?”
And that’s how the conversation started. I had the pleasure of meeting Garrett a year later–and several times since–at various conventions. He is a consummate gentleman, is extraordinary polite to everybody who approaches him and has a wonderful sense of humor.
Modamag content is no longer available online, so I thought I’d publish some of those interviews from that time here on my blog. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Garrett Wang (Part 1)
(First published on Modamag.com in 2004)
By Kage Alan
There’s a disturbing trend in Hollywood that is frequently overlooked. While Asian actors like Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat and Jackie Chan are eagerly courted by the studios and brought over for film projects well below their level of talent (Bulletproof Monk and The Tuxedo–need I say more?), there is an entire pool of Asian American actors already here who must compete for very few roles in a town that doesn’t celebrate cultural diversity as much as it would lead you to believe.
When somebody is fortunate enough to break into the spotlight, someone like Garrett Wang (pronounced “Wong”), it’s important to take notice. Most people will recognize Garrett from his role as Ensign Harry Kim during the seven year run of Star Trek: Voyager, but what do we really know about the 35-year-old actor, the journey it took to get to our television screens, his thoughts on where he’s been and, of course, where he’s going next?
KA: You were born in Riverside, California, moved to Indiana, then the island of Bermuda and then down south to Memphis, Tennessee. When and where exactly was it that the acting bug bit you?
GW: I would say that it was in California. I actually was interested in trying to do theater in high school, but that was in Memphis and I was the only Chinese in my whole school other than my sister. I never had the courage or the nerve to even try out for anything then because I just kept thinking they’re never going to cast me. I’m not white, so that was a big problem for me. I actually got hooked in college, though. I decided to quit pre-med in my search for my future major and ended up with East Asian studies. Just on a whim, I took an acting class over there at UCLA and that’s what kicked it in high gear.
KA: I’d read that you used to watch a lot of Sci-Fi when you were growing up. Did that have anything to do at all with wanting to act and where it eventually led you?
GW: It’s just arbitrary that I ended up in Sci-Fi. I’ve always been a science fiction fan, but it didn’t have anything to do with my getting Voyager whatsoever. And I often tell people when they ask me “Do you watch Next Generation?” that I watched it like three times and each time that I did, it was the same episode. It kept repeating over and over and it was the worst episode in the history of Next Generation, called Code of Honor. That was a garbage episode, so I thought I’d try watching it again. Three months later…repeat. Six months after that…same episode.
But that was meant to be because let’s just say that I did get into Next Generation and I became a huge fan of it. By the time the Star Trek: Voyager audition rolled around, I would have put way too much pressure on myself to get that role because it would have been the role that I really, REALLY wanted and when you really, REALLY want something, you never get it. You have to be almost a little bit aloof about it, so it served its purpose. Not being a fan of it and having watched that crappy episode so many times… It actually helped out.
KA: Prior to Voyager, you’d done some commercials; Burger King, Big Red, Kellogs Rice Krispie Treats, Chase Manhattan Bank, etc. How did those come about?
GW: When you’re in Hollywood, you have an agent who sends you out for commercials and an agent who sends you out for TV. Every actor tries to do whatever they can for whatever angle they can to start up their career, so I said “Yeah, I’ll give commercials a shot” and nothing really happened. It was actually then that I decided I was going to quit going on commercial auditions–I thought it was such a waste of time–but the day that I decided I was going to quit, I got a message on my machine saying that I had an audition for Burger King in Santa Monica. I figured “All right, I’ll go on one last one.” And once again, similar to how I got Voyager, there was also less pressure on this audition. I was like “Yeah, well, whatever. It’s my last one.” And that attitude booked me the damn commercial. After that, I just remembered how I felt and the same type of attitude that I had, which was one of confidence and “If I don’t get this job, you know, it’s not going to kill me.” I kept this same attitude for the following three or four auditions and ended up booking five commercials in one week.
KA: Was that during college or…
GW: No, I was already out of college at that point. I didn’t actually get an agent until well after I was out of UCLA and I was basically still taking (acting) classes and doing plays. The total amount of time invested in acting before getting an agent, doing it professionally, was five years and that was not by my choice. That was because of circumstances where my parents were not supportive of my career choice, not supportive of me wanting to take acting classes or…they just weren’t there for me. It was a constant battle and they were very much against me becoming a professional actor. In the five years it took me to convince them that I was worthy of this, that I could do this, I kept honing and honing my craft.
When I came out of the gates as a professional actor, I came out at a full sprint whereas other people who come into town… They take a bus from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, they were the homecoming king…whatever. You know, it’s always all the pretty people from every small town across the world who comes to LA to try to make it, but the problem is that they’re not prepared. They get off the bus and they think they’re going to be a star in a second. They don’t really have the training down and they don’t really have their auditioning down. For me, I’d been training and training for so long and even though arguing with my parents was a negative part of my life, it helped in that when I did start professionally as an actor, I was far more prepared than other people who were on my level of novice actor.
KA: Now you’d done theater prior to getting an agent.
GW: Oh, yeah. Sure. Tons of it. It’s funny because I remember Ethan Phillips (Ed. Note: Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager) one day saying “You know, Garrett, you should try doing theater some day.” He had this assumption that I"d never done theater before, which really actually offended me. I turned to him and said (laughing) “What are you talking about, man? I’ve done theater!” It’s pretty much across the board that people really respect those who’ve done theater. That holds some weight in town.
KA: It seems like a lot of actors go back to theater once they get out of a series or once they have a break.
GW: They miss the immediateness you get from doing theater that you don’t get from film, TV or even commercials. So, they go back to feel that surge of energy or that feeling that they got when they did theater before they made it big. For me, I haven’t gone back and done it because I’ve already achieved that same feeling from whenever I do Star Trek conventions. When I’m on stage, I kind of do an act almost…I’m telling stories…so I’m kind of surfing on the energy of the audience. It’s absolutely crazy, so therefore my yearning for theater is not as strong as some other actors.
KA: And you’ve had quite the time at those conventions.
GW: My first convention in Minneapolis, I was a wreck because I was completely unprepared for what I was going to embark upon! I just remember coming out on stage and I honestly thought there was only going to be a couple hundred people there. But when I was introduced and I walked through the double doors onto the main stage, I looked out and there were over 5,000 people out there.
KA: So not too much pressure.
GW: Oh, and this is just after Voyager had aired the pilot, Caretaker. To me, okay, it’s only been on one show, you know, who’s going to be here? Well, everybody and their mom was there. The minute I started walking up the steps onto the stage, my body started shaking uncontrollably from nerves. I got up there and realized I can do one of two things. I can try to hide this, which obviously never works because whenever you try to hide your fear, it gets bigger. My other choice is to acknowledge it and that’s what I did. I picked up the microphone, looked out into the crowd and went “Oh, whoa…” And everyone is laughing. I said “Listen, I gotta be honest with you guys, I am so nervous right now. I cannot believe how many people are here. Thank you for coming. I’m filling in for Kate Mulgrew.” Kate was sick. “And this is the first convention for anybody on Voyager ever.” And the minute I said “I’m nervous” and told the whole crowd, all the shaking subsided. All my sweatiness, everything, all stopped.
KA: You read for the role of Harry Kim six times? Any idea why so many? Were you up against that much competition?
GW: You know what happened? Yeah, it is an odd number of times because I think when it came down to the auditions for Roxanne Dawson and Tim Russ, they probably had two, tops. I think maybe the main reason was that anytime you’re casting for a series regular, it’s a long commitment. There’s always a bit of trepidation on the part of a show’s creators over casting somebody who is untested, somebody whose resume is very short. And up until that point, I had five commercials and an episode of All American Girl” (Ed note: a short-lived series with comedienne Margaret Cho), a sitcom.
I hadn’t done any episodic work up until that point, so to them, “This kid hasn’t even done a one hour drama yet. He’s brand new, so we’ve got to make sure he’s the right one.” After I think was the fifth audition, it was between me and a kid from New York. They said “Alright, they’re sending the kid back to New York, so they’re not into him.” I figure “Oh, so I got the role?” They go “Mmm…nooo. You didn’t get it, but you’re not out of the running. They want to take another two weeks to audition older guys and they’ll whittle it down to the best candidate from them and then you’re going to duke it out with him.” My agent advised me “Tell em’ to go to hell.” At the time, I’d also booked a part in Mortal Kombat playing the younger brother and also a part in a film called Glory Daze, which was a small independent directed by Rich Wilkes who wrote Airheads and XXX. Glory Daze, was his homage to his college days at Santa Cruz.
The lead in that movie was Ben Affleck, the second was my character, the third was French Stewart from Third Rock From the Sun, fourth was Sam Rockwell, fifth was a guy who was a friend of the director’s and that was the cast. Up until that point, nobody had heard of French Stewart. Nobody had heard of Sam Rockwell. Nobody knew what a Ben Affleck was. And the funny thing is those were just the main characters. Then he (Wilkes) talked about the supporting actors; Matthew McConaughey, five minute little supporting scene and Brendan Fraser, also a small little tiny scene. Again, no one knew who the hell Matthew McConaughey was. Brendan Fraser had done a couple things at that point, though. There was another guy with no lines known as “the Jerker” who spends most of his day masturbating…and all he does is walk across the screen a couple of times…Matt Damon. (laughing)
So I already had two movies ready to go and I always laugh when people ask “Will you ever want to try film?” People seem to have this misconception that film is the be all end all of Hollywood and that’s what everyone aspires to, like TV is in a lower rung or something. I keep telling them “Listen you guys, when I got Voyager, I had booked two films and if I’d taken them, I’d have been a film actor.” I would have gone a whole different route. As it happened, I told my agent “Fine. Tell them to go look for an older Ensign Kim. Tell them bring it on! I’m ready!”
They looked around and brought this guy, Eric Steinberg, in two weeks later. He’s actually half Korean, half Jewish, a great actor and I honestly think that he probably did a better audition than I did. That’s my gut feeling, but because he doesn’t look 100% Asian–and I don’t really look 100% Asian–but I looked more Asian than he did and I think that’s what swung it in my favor.
KA: Aside from a strong camaraderie amongst the cast, you’ve been a bit outspoken regarding Rick Berman’s treatment of the show…
GW: Yeah… (laughing) Much to my detriment, actually, yes. That’s what happens when you sit there and you tell it like it is to people who have power; they don’t like it. I’m the only person who’s ever publicly spoken about anything regarding Rick Berman in a negative way. This is a free country. You’re entitled to your criticisms and I think my criticisms were valid. I think most people, other actors or people who work on the show, if you pulled them off on an aside and said “Okay, there’s no Rick around. Let me ask you, what do you think of what I said?” I think 99% of them would say “I agree with you that he didn’t take the risks he could have.” That’s all I said and it was in reference to the fact that the man came in, took over from Gene Roddenberry, plugged in a formula and kept that same formula for Next Generation, every episode of Deep Space Nine, every episode of Voyager and after a while, you’re talking about 21 years worth of episodes. Man, you better start changing your formula a little bit just to keep it fresh.
Look at TV today. Look how edgy it is. Look at something like The Shield. Look at Nip/Tuck. Some of these shows are just going above and beyond what anybody’s ever seen. That’s all I said to Rick, who is somebody used to nobody saying anything negative about him publicly. I’m sure he saw this and was like “Okay, fine. Alright. You wanna do that? You want to play hardball? I’ll show you what hardball is.” The result of that is I’m the first actor in the history of Star Trek to be refused a directing job.
KA: You’re kidding?
GW: Believe me, I asked in Season 5, Season 6, Season 7… “No, no, no.” And all not from him. It was always through messages. He would never talk to me and say “no” to my face. His comment was “What am I running, a director’s school here?” And the sad part of the whole situation is, of all the actors who have directed, none of them have been as much of a fan of science fiction as I have been. Most of those actors directed because they wanted their DGA card, they wanted to move on to bigger and better things, or they wanted a career in directing. For me, I wanted to direct Voyager. I wanted to put my stamp on Voyager. I wanted to make Voyager better. Everything I wanted to do was about directing science fiction, specifically directing Star Trek and that’s what kills me. He basically turned down the one person who would have given him, in my estimation, the best first-directed–for an actor–episode ever and I was standing by my guns on that.
At the time that everybody wanted to direct, I didn’t ask because it was such a stampede. It was Tim Russ, Roxanne, Robbie McNeill–Robbie had already been set to direct an episode by this time–and Bob Picardo…all butting heads and elbowing each other to get in to direct at the same time. I remember they were observing Les Landau directing The Chute. All three of them were cramming in there and I said to myself “That’s fine. They can do their thing because when they direct during Season 4, that’s when I’m going to start observing and Season 5 is when I’m going to direct.” That was my game plan and it’s going to be known that Garrett Wang directed the best first-directed episode of Star Trek ever. That was what I was aspiring to. I was going to kick some major booty, but, of course, those plans got derailed.
At this point, it’s been three years since the end of the show. I’m more matter-of-fact about this information. Usually I get really riled up when I talk about it, but I’m starting to look at stuff, like the five years of fighting with my parents, and realizing how it actually ended up helping me. My not becoming a fan of Next Generation helped me in my Voyager audition and I think somehow, some way, shape or form, it hasn’t manifested itself yet, but Rick Berman saying “no” to me is somehow to push me in some other direction also.
KA: On a happier note, I understand you guys had a great deal of fun on the set. I’m curious…who had the best sense of humor?
GW: I wouldn’t say one person had a better sense of humor. It was all different types. For people like Bob Picardo and Ethan Philips, they had one-liners they’d come up with. Ethan Phillips would also do this one thing called “Fix-it Guy”–it was just like a mechanic or a plumber–and what he’d do is hike his pants down really low, then he’d bend over and all you’d see is butt crack. (laughing) And he’d say (mimicking Phillips) “Oh, yeah. Okay. Ya…ya gotta get something fixed here. Hold on. Let me fix this for ya.” He’d bend over right in your face and you’d just see this lily white…this porcelain white butt. Which is funny because when he has the make-up on, he’s darker than he normally is, and then you see that white, white booty.
Then you’d have Tim Russ. His sense of humor was always, always, practical jokes. He was the one who had premeditated practical jokes that he would pull on people all the time.
KA: Did he ever get you?
GW: Ah…hmm. No, he never really got me. We would do all sorts of crazy things on the set. We had tapeball wars where we would actually take gaffer’s tape, electrician’s tape, and roll it up into big, big balls and we’d be throwing these things. It was mainly Tim Russ throwing them at me or at Robbie McNeill, or Robbie throwing them at me. It was that triangle; Robbie down at Helm, me up at Operations and Tim up at Tactical and it made a perfectly triangular war zone. And obviously, sitting in the middle of the war zone, is Chakotay and Janeway. I remember the first day when we actually had an innocent casualty of war. I think it was me that actually beamed Kate in the head by mistake! I was like “oooohhhh…” (laughing) The funny thing is she turned around, saw what it was, picked it up and she knew it was me because the look on my face was like a deer caught in headlights. And I though “Oh, my God.” She had no expression on her face and then she threw it at me! It was kinda like “Oh, alright.”
My type of humor was doing impersonations of people, little accents whenever I was reading lines for rehearsal or I’d come up with weird things. I came up with the “com badge toss” because our com badges are attached to our uniforms via Velcro. I’d rip off Robbie’s com badge, tell him to stand back about fifteen feet, toss the com badge and it would land on the Velcro and stay there.
KA: I believe you addressed some of this earlier, but you weren’t allowed to be funny, were never promoted and you weren’t allowed to direct? What the hell?
Kage Alan and Garrett Wang (Oct 2005)
GW: It kind of went in line with the character. I mean, Harry was the one who always seemed to be the punching bag and that kind of ended up shifting from the character to the real person…to the workplace and me unfortunately getting the short end of the stick. The promotion thing is always asked at conventions. “Why weren’t you promoted?” Believe me, it wasn’t a fault of mine. I was so frustrated, I remember coming to work one day and walking up to Kate with this delusion that she could do something about it. And I asked her, “How come I’m not promoted?” and she’s just like (mimicking Kate Mulgrew) “I know…I know…I know…”
She really felt for me, but there was nothing she could do about it. I’d actually talked to somebody who was in the Navy and I said “If you were an ensign, a junior officer, what rank are you seven years later? What rank would you have achieved?” He told me “Oh, you’re almost Lt. Commander.” Oh, that’s good to know.
The funniest story regarding the promotion happened to me probably five or six months ago. I was actually flying out to Baltimore to see a Ravens game and I went with another buddy. We were sitting on Southwest and when I got off, he was standing next to an Asian guy, so I immediately thought that this guy is a fan. I walk up and my buddy goes “Meet Harry Kim” and I say “Oh, nice to meet you.” My friend goes “No…no…no… This guy is Harry Kim.” The guy whips out his business card and sure enough that’s his name. And he goes “You know what? You know what’s even funnier? During the time that your show was on, I was actually in the Navy and I was Ensign Harry Kim. I got so much crap from everybody around me. I always wondered would I ever cross paths with Harry Kim.” And here it is. It happened on that plane. I said “Wow! You’re exactly the same as me.” He replied “Well, not exactly. I actually got promoted to Lieutenant.” So even the real Harry Kim got promoted.
Part 2 will be published tomorrow.
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Guess What? I’m Dipped In Honey! - Monday, July 30, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Out of the Lair of the Grandmonster (Days 8-9) - Saturday, July 28, 2012
Growing Old The AbFab Way, Sweetie Darling - Thursday, July 26, 2012
The White Noise Surrounding the Colorado Shooting - Monday, July 23, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 7) - Saturday, July 21, 2012
Being Your Own Best Friend! Left Hand Or Right Hand? - Thursday, July 19, 2012
Monday: Pulling Another One Out of My Derriere - Monday, July 16, 2012
The Face of Gay 2 (By Bobbie B) - Saturday, July 14, 2012
Sex IN The City…And A July Wedding (Part 2) - Thursday, July 12, 2012
Sex IN The City…And A July Wedding (Part 1) - Monday, July 09, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 6) - Saturday, July 07, 2012
I’m Not Gay, But My Boyfriend…Er…Husband Is! - Thursday, July 05, 2012
Why Do Two People Have To Obey in a Marriage? Why Can’t You Just Do It? - Monday, July 02, 2012
The Debut of The Face of Gay 1 (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Subconscious Pookalicious Wookie Buns & the Tale of the Asian Muse - Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Author Formerly Known As The Actor - Monday, June 25, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into the Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 5) - Saturday, June 23, 2012
Confessions Of A Recently Semi-Finely Aged 42 Year Old - Thursday, June 21, 2012
Excuse Me, Sweetie? You Look Like A Stuffed Sausage. - Monday, June 18, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 4) - Saturday, June 16, 2012
How Scooby-Doo, a Teddy Bear & Easter Made Me Gay - Thursday, June 14, 2012
I’ve Never Gone Anywhere! Well, except London, Germany, Japan… - Monday, June 11, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 3) - Saturday, June 09, 2012
Battle Beyond The Snores II: The Sleeptalker - Thursday, June 07, 2012
There’s One Thing You Didn’t Know About Me… - Monday, June 04, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 2) - Saturday, June 02, 2012
Where the (Censored) Is My Happy Ending? - Thursday, May 31, 2012
Remembering the Childhood Magic of What Once Was as It Appears Again - Monday, May 28, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Into The Lair of the Grandmonster (Day 1) - Saturday, May 26, 2012
MotorCity Comicon Weekend 2012: A Shirtless Jason Statham Is a Good Jason Statham (Part 2) - Thursday, May 24, 2012
MotorCity Comicon Weekend 2012: Fondling My Twin Peaks (Part 1) - Monday, May 21, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Happy Holiday Double Entendre - Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ever Wonder What’s Up With Male Celebrities and Boobage? - Thursday, May 17, 2012
Some Boys Just Want To Be Butt Pirates In Space - Monday, May 14, 2012
Classic Blog Post: The Quickie - Saturday, May 12, 2012
An Endorsement For Gay Marriage To Keep You Awake At Night - Thursday, May 10, 2012
My Big Gay OutlantaCon Convention Report - Monday, May 07, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Sarah Palin Read My Books! - Saturday, May 05, 2012
The Light That Burns Twice As Bright Burns Half As Long - Thursday, May 03, 2012
A Wee Bit Anal Over OutlantaCon - Monday, April 30, 2012
Classic Blog Post: First Four October Horrific Halloween Picks - Saturday, April 28, 2012
Don't Ya Wish U Could Do These 10 Things With Me? Don't cha? - Thursday, April 26, 2012
A Letter to Roxette’s Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson - Monday, April 23, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Learning the "F" Word Because of Phoenix - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Sometimes Raw Is Better - Thursday, April 19, 2012
Pirated Ebooks Piss Authors Off, State “We Are Legion!” - Monday, April 16, 2012
Classic Blog Post: The Ugliness We Should Never Have To See - Saturday, April 14, 2012
Catching A Memory - Thursday, April 12, 2012
10 Questions With Pookie, the Man Behind the Author - Monday, April 09, 2012
Classic Blog Post: First 2 Reviews Are In! - Thursday, April 05, 2012
Fear My Cuteness: Famous People Who Should Get To Know Me - Monday, April 02, 2012
Classic Blog Post: My Amusing How-I-Spent-My-DragonCon 2008 Report - Saturday, March 31, 2012
Aging: It’s Like A Swift Kick To The Balls! - Thursday, March 29, 2012
Reconciling One Outta Three Ain’t Bad - Monday, March 26, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Annoying People Should Not Discuss DVDs - Saturday, March 24, 2012
Does Writing Make You Horny, Baby?…Yeah! - Thursday, March 22, 2012
OutlantaCon, MotorCity Comicon, DragonCon…Oh, My! - Monday, March 19, 2012
Classic Blog Post: “I’m a week late…”, Gossip Girl and First Review Comments - Saturday, March 17, 2012
Die Happy With A Vengeance: The Bucket List - Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Korean Chicken Karaoke Incident: A Gay Wedding Part V - Monday, March 12, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Please, NEVER Say "It Is What It Is!" - Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Day They Did It: Part IV (But Didn't Get To Do "IT") - Thursday, March 08, 2012
Kage & Pookie Take Manhattan: A Gay Wedding In New York Part 3-D - Monday, March 05, 2012
Classic Blog Post: How To Relax Before A Book Launch...And Other Things - Saturday, March 03, 2012
Operation Brotox: A Gay Wedding In New York Part II - Thursday, March 01, 2012
My Tiny Skinny Half Asian Wedding Part 1: Pre-New York - Monday, February 27, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Get A Load of How Much My First Book Was Going For on Amazon - Saturday, February 18, 2012
Anyone Think I'll Get Pregnant During The Honeymoon? - Thursday, February 16, 2012
Character Assassination…And Some People Think I’m A Pr*ck? - Monday, February 13, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Book Is Released…Sort Of! Also, Tales of the Grandmonster - Saturday, February 11, 2012
Uh, Right Ethnicity, Wrong Person…And Hoping For Closure - Thursday, February 09, 2012
Poke Me Like There's No Tomorrow, But Hands Off My Pictures! - Monday, February 06, 2012
2012: A Mostly Brilliant Pookie Odyssey - Thursday, February 02, 2012
Rock You Like A Grandmonstercane! The 2012 Hong Kong Chinese New Year - Monday, January 30, 2012
Classic Blog Post: Forget Indiana Jones…Andy Stevenson Has Sex! - Saturday, January 21, 2012
Life, Love, Alzheimer’s and Prelude to the Lair of the Grandmonster - Thursday, January 19, 2012
8 Most Frequently Asked Questions For Justin Bieber and Kage Alan - Monday, January 16, 2012
Grandparents: The Myth of Peaches and Bullsushi - Thursday, January 12, 2012
Why I Don't Write M4M Romance - Monday, January 09, 2012
Classic Blog Post: The Propensity for Perfection - Saturday, January 07, 2012
Kage Alan: Unzipped and Less Than Wholesome! - Thursday, January 05, 2012
My Demented Little Dim Sum and Our Bountiful Butter Dish - Monday, January 02, 2012
Kage Alan Vs. Patricia Logan’s 2012 New Year’s Assassins - Thursday, December 29, 2011
CBP: Double Entendre, Constipation & Expecting the Unexpected - Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sheerluck Holmes & The Case of the Amazon Gifts - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Author Makes Little Old Ladies Haul Wrinkled Rear Ends! - Monday, December 19, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Pud-Pounding Pickler Chuggers–Interview With A Character Part 2 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
Wanted: Happy Endings & Sequels! - Thursday, December 15, 2011
That One Perfect Defining Moment Frozen In Time - Monday, December 12, 2011
Water From The Moon And The Power Of Belief - Saturday, December 10, 2011
CBP: Three Bad Ideas, Two Blind Friends and a Partridge In Avenue Q - Thursday, December 08, 2011
When Harry & Kage Met Sally & Pookie…You Know, For Lunch - Monday, December 05, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Being Celibate Three or Four Times a Day…and the DIA - Saturday, December 03, 2011
Watchin’ Blu-Rays And Playing With Legos In A Winter Wonderland - Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Colour Of My Wuv - Monday, November 28, 2011
Once Upon A Time For Christmas: Artists Offer Something Unique For You - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Kage Trek: The Search For A F***ing Christmas Tree - Monday, November 21, 2011
CBP: An Interview With My Character, Andy Stevenson - Saturday, November 19, 2011
New Traditions, But Including Star Trek! - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Getting Debriefed Over The Weekend (Another Pookieism) - Monday, November 14, 2011
Classic Blog Post: A Civil Infraction and My First Would-Be International Stalker - Saturday, November 12, 2011
Pookie Says He Has Something In His Pocket For Me! - Thursday, November 10, 2011
You Look Like You Swallowed A Goat! (Sweet Things My Guy Says) - Monday, November 07, 2011
Classic Blog Post: My E-mailed Response to Rep. Sally Kern - Saturday, November 05, 2011
Senate Bill 137: Why Do Republican Leaders Hate The Gays? - Thursday, November 03, 2011
Did You Know That Horror Films Made Me Gay? - Monday, October 31, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Phone Calls, Reunions and Porn...All In A Day (2008) - Saturday, October 29, 2011
A Non-Porn Blog Post That Mentions the Word “Porn”! - Thursday, October 27, 2011
Gay Writer Inpsired By Porn Actors...Ooh La La! - Monday, October 24, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Lunch With David Caruso and Introducing The New Site - Saturday, October 22, 2011
Vampires, Clowns and Low-Budget Filmmaking: Talking With Tommy Lee Wallace (Part 2) - Friday, October 21, 2011
Vampires & Clowns: Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Part 1) - Thursday, October 20, 2011
A 1995 Sweetest Day Booty Call in Mackinac - Monday, October 17, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Since You And I Haven’t Had Sex (Dealing With Negative Energy) - Saturday, October 15, 2011
Rock Me Pookadeus! (Alzheimer's and Marriage) - Thursday, October 13, 2011
Once You Go Asian, That's Your Persuasion - Monday, October 10, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Gay For Dummies - Saturday, October 08, 2011
Author Trek: The Motion West Hollywood Book Fair - Thursday, October 06, 2011
Classic Blog Post: It’s Business. It’s not Personal. - Saturday, October 01, 2011
The Bitch Is On A Rant - Thursday, September 29, 2011
It Was An Evil Dead and Buckaroo Banzai - Monday, September 26, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Key West, Bronchitis and a Conversation With My Left Hand - Saturday, September 24, 2011
1000 Years Of Wisdom Behind Her Eyes: A 2003 Conversation With Robin Curtis (Part 2) - Thursday, September 22, 2011
1000 Years Of Wisdom Behind Her Eyes: A 2003 Conversation With Robin Curtis (Part 1) - Monday, September 19, 2011
Classic Blog Post: OnStar and a Tale Of Busch - Saturday, September 17, 2011
Staring at the Future Can Be Hazardous To Your Health - Thursday, September 15, 2011
Technology Confuses Author on Thera-Flu: News at 11 - Monday, September 12, 2011
A Nightmare on DragonCon Street 2011: Children of the Con - Saturday, September 10, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Holiday Tales…and btw, the Grandmonster Thinks I’m Christ - Thursday, September 08, 2011
Exposing The Cult Of Will Wheaton (With William Shatner) - Monday, September 05, 2011
An American Virgin In Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands (Part 2) - Thursday, September 01, 2011
An American Virgin in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands (Part 1) - Monday, August 29, 2011
Classic Blog Post: The Big, Big, Big, Big Announcement Has Arrived! - Saturday, August 27, 2011
It’s What I Do (and a Week of Oddities) - Thursday, August 25, 2011
Eternal Life Could Only Be Screwed Up By Your Kid - Monday, August 22, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Preamble To The Big, Big, Big Announcement - Saturday, August 20, 2011
Telling Stories Out Of School About the West Hollywood Signing - Thursday, August 18, 2011
Big Trouble In Little LA (With A Funloving, Psychotic Redhead) - Thursday, August 18, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Do You Have A Beaumont Doctor? - Saturday, August 13, 2011
Do You Think They Have Blu-Rays in Heaven? - Thursday, August 11, 2011
Andy Stevenson Vs. Kage Alan & the Lord of the Loins - Monday, August 08, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Reflections of a Gweilo on New Release DVD Tuesday - Saturday, August 06, 2011
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Writing About My Sexual Orientation - Thursday, August 04, 2011
A Conversation with Patricia Tallman (Part 2) - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
A Conversation with Patricia Tallman (Part 1) - Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Writer Sex: How Little Baby Blog Posts Are Born - Monday, August 01, 2011
Classic Blog Post: This Blog May Be Postponed - Saturday, July 30, 2011
A Moment I’m Not Proud Of - Thursday, July 28, 2011
I’ll Dine With Him, But I Won’t Sleep With Him - Monday, July 25, 2011
Classic Blog Post: The Bitch Is Back - Saturday, July 23, 2011
My Official Political Party Is...Um...Acerbic! - Thursday, July 21, 2011
Frankie Says READ (Cuz Authors Need Places To Sign Books) - Monday, July 18, 2011
Classic Blog Post: For Roger Reinsmith (1961-2007) - Monday, July 18, 2011
Five of the Seven Stages Of Hell (aka Why My Eye Is Twitching) - Thursday, July 14, 2011
We’re Just Like Everybody Else: A Week in the Life - Monday, July 11, 2011
Classic Blog Post: The Call A Child Hopes Never To Receive - Saturday, July 09, 2011
Please Take My Temperature The Old-Fashioned Way! - Thursday, July 07, 2011
July 4, 2011: Will Gay Marriage Be The Next Fabulous Revolution? - Monday, July 04, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Megaforce: Special Edition Blog Post - Saturday, July 02, 2011
Winning The Struggle Over Dealing With Alzheimer’s - Thursday, June 30, 2011
Intergalactic Asian American Seeks Promotion: A Candid Conversation with Garrett Wang (Part 2) - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Intergalactic Asian American Seeks Promotion: A Candid Conversation with Garrett Wang (Part 1) - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tech People Will Hate Me Despite My Shapely Bum and Manhood - Monday, June 27, 2011
Classic Blog Post: White Hair, The Sushi Nazi & A Heavy Metal Birthday - Saturday, June 25, 2011
The Cave Called and It Wants It Batshit Back - Thursday, June 23, 2011
Birthdays, Buttocks and What's To Come (Minus the Buttocks) - Monday, June 20, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Werewolf Movies Give Me Wood…Is That Wrong? - Saturday, June 18, 2011
Confessions Of A Not-So-Teenage-Writer - Thursday, June 16, 2011
I May Be Fragile, But My Friend From San Diego Will Roger You Senseless! - Monday, June 13, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Live It, Love It and Send DVDs For a Birthday Gift! - Saturday, June 11, 2011
Advice For A Gay Child Growing Up - Thursday, June 09, 2011
Boba Fett, Green Lantern and A Medusa Head Bust - Monday, June 06, 2011
Classic Blog: Why Don't Celebrities Ask For My Autograph? - Saturday, June 04, 2011
Oh, Hell…The Writer Has Advice? - Thursday, June 02, 2011
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Needs To Meet My Mother - Monday, May 30, 2011
Classic Blog Post: Premature Articulation (or How My Weekend Went) - Saturday, May 28, 2011