- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

'A fearful place'
"When a person doesn't have a stable family in their life, they come from a fearful place where they're searching for that stability. When people come from a stable family, they feel a sense of independence. So when two of those types of people come together, they have very different mentalities: one is, 'Hey, my family has always been around, they always will be and people stay.' Those who haven't been in families think: 'Everybody leaves.' That's been a big part of something that I have to personally overcome. When I was in my early 20s, I started to realize that it wasn't through another person that I was going to find that stability. That it was actually going to have to come from myself. …
"I know I've made some really wacky choices with men. I didn't have good examples growing up. …
"My family has battled so many demons that I was born with I feel a tremendous responsibility to right them. … They were all very, very crazy. … Their loneliness, their battles with insanity, with alcohol, with their places inside of themselves these are the things I've worked hard to overcome, and I've come a long way."
Drew Barrymore, interviewed by Lawrence Grobel, in the March/April issue of Movieline
Celebrity whine
"During the not-so-anxiously-awaited finale of 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' on ABC, we supposedly got to see 'how 10 celebrities fare without their accustomed luxuries.' … Based on the pouting, the tears, and the threats erupting every few minutes on the show's claustrophobic rain-forest set, the luxury these celebrities missed most was unconditional positive regard.
"But then, being powerful means having the power to weed out naysayers, critics and other nonpandering humans capable of stumbling on some painful truth about you by accident. Michael Jackson is living proof that the more powerful you are the easier it is to live in a bubble of deferential behavior and positivity. …
"But does Alana Stewart, whose biggest claim to fame is that she was once married to Rod Stewart and George Hamilton, really have a right to whine? She told host John Lehr, 'I don't fight with people, honestly.' Yet, viewers watched her complain and clash with every one of her fellow campers for over a week. … Robin Leach remarked afterward, 'It's safe to say that Alana is a living nightmare.' So what kind of people does Stewart manage not to fight with? Distant relatives? Casual acquaintances? Paid employees?"
Heather Havrilesky, writing on "I'm a TV viewer get me out of here!" Thursday in Salon at www.salon.com
Limp peaceniks
"We may be a nation divided, but at least America is in 'agreeance' on something: Fred Durst makes for one very strange peacenik.
"'Am I the only guy so far who's said something about the war?' the Limp Bizkit frontman asked backstage at the Feb. 23 Grammy Awards, minutes after declaring that 'this war should go away' from the podium. 'I heard a lot of people were gonna do it.'
"He heard wrong. … In fact, as the country inches closer to war with Iraq, America's popular musicians have largely remained silent. It's a far cry from the '60s and '70s, when such songs as Edwin Starr's 'War,' Crosby, Still, Nash & Young's 'Ohio,' and Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' could tackle pressing issues while still scaling the charts. …
"Notes R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, a lifelong cause celeb, 'The apathy level is higher than it was 15 or so years ago.'
"But why? 'Political music is nothing without context,' says Brit folkie Billy Bragg. … Bob Dylan released 'Blowin' in the Wind' in 1963, but the protest movement didn't fully mobilize until America's sons were called up to fight in the late '60s. 'When you have a draft card in the [mail], you suddenly become politically aware,' Bragg says."
Brian M. Raferty and Evan Serpick, writing on "Combat Rock," in the March 7 issue of Entertainment Weekly

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