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
10:03 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Inaugural Ball: Thousands Of Dresses Searching For An Experience

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend an inaugural ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday night.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:27 am

You won't find consistently formal attire at the orchestra anymore. Or at the opera, or at a play, or at a nice restaurant, or at a wedding. Many women don't even own a dress that goes all the way to the floor (and if they do, there's probably a 50/50 chance it's a bridesmaid's dress), because how often do we need one? You're better off spending your money on a clown costume. At least it's amusing.

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Monkey See
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Our Royalty: Bangs Aren't All Michelle Obama And Kate Middleton Have In Common

First lady Michelle Obama waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:28 am

Ask yourself this question: How weird would it be if you changed your hair and it was on the news?

No, seriously. Pull back from everything you know about celebrity and pretend it's about you. You change your hair. You decide, "Hey, you know what? It's been long for a while; what if I went a little shorter?" And so you go a little shorter. And then it is on the news.

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Monkey See
5:44 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Globes, Oscars, And Who Are You Calling A Snub?

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Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:58 am

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Monkey See
11:55 am
Sat January 19, 2013

I've Heard That Somewhere: 'Glee' Covers 'Baby Got Back,' And It Sounds ... Familiar

The cast of Glee, which is in its fourth season on Fox.
Kwaku Alston Fox

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:45 pm

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Monkey See
4:46 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Dear Reader: Yes, There's A Reason People Asked Dear Abby For Advice

"Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips, seen here in 2001, died Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:07 pm

Dear Monkey See:

I just heard that Pauline Phillips, who wrote the advice column "Dear Abby," passed away yesterday at 94. From what I've read, she wrote or co-wrote the column for almost 50 years.

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Monkey See
4:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chicken With Gatorade: The Oddball Pleasures Of 'Chopped'

Ted Allen addresses the chefs competing on the Chopped Holiday Special.
David Lang Food Network

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:44 am

There's no shortage of food shows on television, from serene instructional content to tourist eye candy to kooky competitions where chefs cook in the desert. There's also The Great Food Truck Race, which is mostly about the finer points of where you should park a food truck.

But while my favorite was once Bravo's Top Chef, with its clearly skilled chefs and terrific judging panels, my new favorite is the Food Network competition Chopped.

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Monkey See
1:48 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Fans Gather To Remember Huell Howser

Seen here in 2005, Huell Howser was remembered by hundreds of fans on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:26 pm

On today's Morning Edition, Shereen Marisol Meraji had a great piece about the memorial of Southern California public-television staple Huell Howser, who died of cancer earlier this month.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people turned out to remember him. As Meraji says, for these fans, Howser was "a man who took them to places they never knew they wanted to go and introduced them to people they never knew they wanted to meet."

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Monkey See
1:27 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What Music Makes A Distilled Good Mood?

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:19 am

On October 24, 2011, I had a bad day.

I honestly forget why. It was a Monday; that should be enough.

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Monkey See
11:13 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation

Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at a Livestrong event in October.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:22 pm

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Monkey See
7:28 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Downton Abbey' And The Right Of Redemption

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Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:49 am

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It's taken over 100 episodes, but we're finally digging deeply into Downton Abbey this week, and because Stephen isn't big into the genre of ladies in hats, we called in someone who is: our friend and yours, Barrie Hardymon. (Yes, you Barrie people can jump around with excitement now. We'll only cry a little with jealousy.) We'll talk about the first episode of the new season, what does and doesn't work about the show overall, and Maggie Smith (and yes, this causes Glen to break out his Maggie Smith impression, and what's better than that?).

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