How Drew Barrymore Became a Bizarro Fixture of Daytime TV

A sympathetic look at Drew Barrymore’s chaotic world; Rachel Syme’s essay comes with the honesty characteristic of Barrymore herself.

The show’s open sentimentality—and copious shed tears—are offset by its crackle of unplanned clumsiness. Bouncing off the walls one moment and breaking down the next, Barrymore seems to be barely holding on as sentiment threatens to overtake her. She is not so much revisiting her past as dragging it along like a bindle full of lessons waiting to be discovered. If her off-the-cuff irrepressibility is an act, then it’s the best performance of her life.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 13, 2022
Length: 7 minutes (1,848 words)

The Feminist Paradox of Cathy Guisewite

A profile of Cathy Guisewite, the Baby Boomer creator of “Cathy,” the popular comic strip widely syndicated from 1976 to 2010, and the eponymous character’s conflicting concerns.

Source: The Cut
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,088 words)

Lady Gaga Isn’t Done Shape-Shifting Yet

Rachel Syme profiles Lady Gaga upon the release of her new film, “A Star is Born.”

Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,971 words)

Jodie Sweetin’s Return to Predictability

A sensitive portrait of “Full House” (and “Fuller House”) star Jodie Sweetin.

Source: Complex
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,380 words)