Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

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Monkey See
7:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

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Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:45 am

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This week, the recent opening of 22 Jump Street — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise of American popular culture." We talk about whether the straight-man/comic dynamic is going away, the long history of buddies, and the "bromance" idea with which not all of us are entirely comfortable.

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Monkey See
10:18 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Work Of The Devil

Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson and Bob Odenkirk as Bill Oswalt in Fargo.
Chris Large FX

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:08 am

[This piece about the first season of the TV show Fargo will discuss events that took place on the first season of the TV show Fargo.]

The biggest difference between the movie Fargo and the TV show Fargo (which ended its first season Tuesday night) is the devil. One of the charms of Fargo the film is that it has no devil — it focuses on the follies of the weak, the empty, those who have stuffing where a conscience ought to be.

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Monkey See
8:05 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops

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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:48 am

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If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, may we recommend a movie you may not have seen last weekend?

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Monkey See
8:05 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come

Good to see you, Miss: Phryne Fisher will return for a third series of her Australian detective show.
Ben King Acorn

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:54 am

Let us begin this Friday with some unabashed joy: the Australian show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, adored by many a fan of glamorous lady detectives, smoldering fellows, sexual freedom and fantastic outfits, will return for a third series, according to the show's Facebook page.

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Monkey See
9:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief

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Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:21 am

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This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't actually received the books yet), and we'll try to give you a sense of how this enormous trade show followed by a fan event actually works.

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Monkey See
2:21 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth

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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 9:14 am

The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend. It was headlined by, among other things, a robust diversity debate that bloomed on social media around the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. But it also functioned as an impressive, invigorating show of force for one of the most important nascent cultural interest groups we have: the Book Girls.

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Monkey See
5:19 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better

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Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:31 am

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First of all: LIVE SHOW TICKETS! (On sale June 2 — that's a week from this coming Monday — at noon Eastern.)

Just wanted to put that up there; we'll get back to it.

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Monkey See
5:37 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

This is Matt. He looks slightly more like Prince Harry than you do.
Chris Raphael Fox

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:02 am

Gather round, children, and I will tell you of a dark time. A cruel time.

It was a time when reality dating shows were even worse than they are now.

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Monkey See
2:56 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Entirely Real Photos: Queen Elizabeth Delightfully Takes In A Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 16.
Ben A. Pruchnie Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 9:28 am

The wonderful thing about this picture is that in it, Queen Elizabeth — who is at the Royal Windsor Horse Show — looks like any other grandma.

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Monkey See
2:56 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz

A drawing of a snoozing Sleeping Beauty.
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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 am

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We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action Maleficent coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions.

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