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
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Jingle Madness And Oscar Gold

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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:21 am

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If last week's Oscars-themed Pop Culture Happy Hour was unusually meaty and structured, this week's post-Oscars podcast is about as loose and goofy as we get, thanks to a lack of sleep, the awards season hangover, and the fact that panelist Stephen Thompson is elbow-deep (probably neck-deep by now) in preparations for the South By Southwest music festival.

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Monkey See
11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Cleansing The Palate And Spitting Up Feathers: The International Festival Of Owls

Alice the Great Horned Owl.
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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:58 am

Now and then, I exploit the wonderful librarians at NPR by browsing their calendar of events and anniversaries in an effort to see what's going on in the world. Popular culture, of course, is a broad term, and there's a lot more to it than television and movies and your typical screen-and-print fare. When it's been a week packed with controversy or unpleasantness or simply exhaustion, I like a palate cleanser, and that's one of the many reasons the world has librarians.

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Monkey See
1:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:36 pm

If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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Monkey See
12:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus

The tiger shows his toughness in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi.
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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:27 am

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In an instance of truth in advertising, this week's NPR round-table pop-culture podcast offers almost a full hour of mostly Oscars analysis. All four of us saw all nine Best Picture contenders, so we'll be covering everything from what happened when Stephen Thompson finally sat down to watch Les Miserables after quoting the featurette for months to Glen's surprising theories about Amour. (Very surprising.)

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Monkey See
12:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

'Argo' Is The Best Picture Frontrunner, But Why?

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and actor-director Ben Affleck in Argo.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:42 am

Programming Note: Sunday night, we'll be live-blogging the Academy Awards here at NPR.org, and the Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! team will be covering the red-carpet fashions, so be sure to join us to share your thoughts and see whether Affleck, Argo, and Daniel Day-Lewis have the big nights predicted for them.

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Monkey See
9:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Morning Shots: When They Said 'Have It Your Way,' This Is Not What They Meant

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Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:55 am

I normally wouldn't call to your attention the fact that Fergie and Josh Duhamel are having a baby, but come on: her hashtag is adorable. [VH1.com]

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Monkey See
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J And The Presidency

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Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:12 am

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This week's show was taped while Stephen and I were still recovering from live-blogging the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, so that was still fresh in our minds. Trey and Glen saw the show as well, so we spend some time this week talking about the awards, the performances, and whether we learned anything. You will experience my new way of tormenting Stephen, and perhaps you'll want to join in!

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Monkey See
8:12 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Morning Shots: A Painful Casting Couch Memory And A History Of The Harlem Shake

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Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 7:59 am

I refuse to say anything about Kate Gosselin joining Celebrity Wife Swap that references the apocalypse in any way, because the apocalypse doesn't deserve that affiliation. [Today]

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Monkey See
12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Morning Shots: On Valentine's Day, It's Just Kisses, Kisses And More Kisses

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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:42 am

Your killer Valentine's Day read: The A.V. Club ran a lovely, smart interview yesterday with Aziz Ansari about love and dating. Depressing, in a way, but not cynical at all. [The A.V. Club]

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Monkey See
12:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Entirely Real Photos: Wax George Clooney As Indifferent To You As Real George Clooney

Madame Tussauds placed the new George Clooney waxwork out in the street Wednesday to be admired.
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Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:08 pm

It might not be surprising that a recent poll revealed that George Clooney was the winner in a U.K. poll asking people who would make the best Valentine's Day date.

But things take a turn when you learn that the organization asking the question was Madame Tussauds. Yep — the "choose your dream date" question came straight from the wax museum people. The winner was George Clooney, so they stuck him out in the street, sitting on a sofa, so people could snuggle up to him.

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