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, 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.


Monkey See
9:09 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day: Every Love Song Is A Parenthetical Away From Despair

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:35 am

Today is February 14 — that means that whether you are ready or not, it is Valentine's Day. And what is most wonderful about Valentine's Day is not its straightforward appreciation of romance and warmth and other similar nonsense, but its tremendous adaptability.

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Monkey See
1:55 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Liz Lemon: From Woman To Little Girl

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 7:21 am

The very first time we ever saw 30 Rock's Liz Lemon, she was standing in line at a hot dog cart when a man walked up, cut in line, and created chaos. Her response: She bought all the hot dogs on the cart and distributed them to the people who had waited in line — "the good people," she called them — before taking the leftovers to work with her. It was a ridiculous thing to do, but it was an example of her extreme efforts to create order from disorder. She just wanted everybody to behave so she could get a hot dog in peace.

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Monkey See
9:19 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Smash' Talk And Getting Serious About Reading

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 9:08 am

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We kick off this week's show (our 75th!) exactly where you'd expect to find us: having a thorough debate about the merits and demerits of NBC's heavily hyped new series Smash, which will debut on regular television on Monday night, but which you can find on Hulu or iTunes right now, if you're curious (and if those services are available to you). How's the music? How's the acting? How's American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee? We ask all these questions and more, and we let you hear some of the music.

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Monkey See
8:01 am
Tue January 24, 2012

The Oscars: 'Hugo' Leads, But Expect An 'Extremely Loud' Outcry

Thomas Horn stars as a grieving boy in Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close — dismissed by many critics but nominated for Best Picture.
David Lee Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:12 am

In the end, there were nine nominees for Best Picture announced on Tuesday morning, and eight of them were entirely predictable: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, War Horse, The Tree Of Life, and Moneyball.

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Monkey See
2:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

'I'd Rather Be A Mystery': John Hawkes On Keeping His Hat Pulled Down

John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen in 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 4:25 pm

John Hawkes' conversation with Melissa Block on today's All Things Considered begins as many of his conversations might: with her noting that when she told people she was coming to talk to him and rattled off his credits, she got a response that he undoubtedly gets a lot: "Ohhh, he's that guy."

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