Drew Barrymore’s Decade-Long Search for Heart-Shaped Items

Photo: Photos: Patrick McMullan, BFA,

Drew Barrymore has been searching for the past decade. For what — happiness? A new lease on life? The perfect pants? No, Barrymore reports that for the past ten years, she has been searching for hearts. When she learned about hearts, she began to find them everywhere. The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon dominating Drew Barrymore’s life is the heart. She has titled her photography book Find It in Everything, and it’s the story of a heart-shaped haunting.

But in what sorts of places did Drew Barrymore locate cardioids?

She found a heart in a rip on a shirt and on a blueberry pancake trying to flirt. On a gravestone on her way home, in some kielbasa in her casa. In the pattern of a rug, and a puppy looking snug. A crumpled straw wrapper, a cloud splatter. She saw one on a door, she saw one on the floor. One was on her friend’s cheek, another was on an antique. It was the scallion in her miso soup, a rubber band that made a loop. And, oh sweetie, have you ever heard of graffiti? One was made by a raw tuna steak, and a handful of hot chili flakes. A heart tattoo — was it a clue? Yes, truly there is a heart on every block, a heart written with some chalk.

And by hook or by crook, she turned them into — yes — a book.

Drew Barrymore’s Find It In Everything goes on sale today, January 14, 2014.

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