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
9:27 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Chris Christie And Pulling The Red Handle

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:16 pm

I'm going to tell you a story, and then we're going to talk about Chris Christie, and if you're not into those two things, you can tag out. I won't be offended.

Let's see. How to begin.

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Monkey See
10:02 am
Thu December 19, 2013

'Duck' And Cover: What, Exactly, Is The Point?

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows Phil Robertson (from left), Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series Duck Dynasty.
Zach Dilgard AP

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 11:51 am

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been suspended from filming by A&E after telling writer Drew Magary, for a new profile in GQ, about some of the views he holds that don't make it to air. Specifically, he spoke about not only how homosexuality is a sin but how it would naturally "morph out from there" into, among other things, bestiality.

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Monkey See
9:24 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Two Ways Of Seeing An iPhone Christmas

Screen shot

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 2:44 pm

Apple recently released a Christmas ad it calls "Misunderstood."

In it, a kid — maybe 14 or so? — spends Christmas with his family. He seems to be always looking at his phone when everybody else is decorating the tree, making a snowman, skating, or whatever else they're doing. He smiles, but he sets himself apart.

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Monkey See
8:43 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Catching Fire.
Lionsgate

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 12:02 pm

[General Hunger Games/Catching Fire information below; no huge surprises revealed.]

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Monkey See
9:14 am
Tue November 19, 2013

In 'White Collar Brawlers,' The Punchable Become The Punched

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:07 am

One of the fascinating things about the new Esquire Network is that it, not unlike Hallmark or Lifetime, can function either as a gift to its demographic or a parody of it.

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Monkey See
10:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

How I Learned To Stop Explaining How Old Things Make Me Feel

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:31 am

"Get ready to feel old."

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Monkey See
8:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply

This photo of Brenda Gonzalez, Miss Argentina, is my prototype national costume. If you grew up wanting to be Miss Universe, this is why. Feathers, metallic bustier: this is it.
Darren Decker Miss Universe Organization

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:33 am

Two years back, we noted that Miss USA's costume at the Miss Universe National Costume Show was a mashup of tradition and vulgarity: "like crossing the Delaware to go to Hooters."

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Monkey See
11:18 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Attention, Neighborhood Children! A Halloween Invitation

These aren't my actual neighborhood children. These are just examples of how happy my neighborhood children could be.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:44 am

Welcome, all you ghosts and goblins! Welcome, all you cats and princesses! Welcome, Iron Man Under That Down Jacket! Welcome, Werewolf Whose Mom Is On The Phone!

I am pleased to see you at my door. I welcome always the young people in whose vicinity I reside, provided they are not so old that they pause before picking up their candy to put down a lit cigarette, which really happened to my parents once. (I will be using that anecdote in my upcoming book, Signs That You Have Outgrown Trick-Or-Treating.)

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Monkey See
10:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

These dogs, cats and robots have a few 'tiny confessions'

Penguin

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:54 am

Let me tell you a quick story from NPR's move from our old headquarters to our new one.

When I was emptying out my old desk and workspace, in addition to all the shoes under my desk and an alarming number of vessels designed to keep coffee warm, I had quite a lot of books lying around. Some were upcoming books, most were old books, and a few were books I neither had any use for nor could bear to get rid of. One of the tests I applied was that if I picked up a book and the first page I opened to made me laugh, it survived.

Tiny Confessions survived.

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Other News
9:52 am
Tue February 12, 2013

10 clues that the zombie outbreak announced on T.V. is not a hoax

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:25 am

As reported on Tuesday's Morning Edition, KRTV in Great Falls, Mont., was apparently the victim of hackers who broke in and broadcast a warning of attacking zombies. The station now says that it was a hoax, fortunately.

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Oscars
10:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Oscar nominations: 'Lincoln' leads the pack, but where is Kathryn Bigelow?

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln.
Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:14 pm

It turns out that if you ask the Academy at large who are the best directors, you get a very different answer from the one you get if you ask the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA nominations a couple of days ago went to Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

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The giving season
8:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The car-sized bow and other gift-giving lies pop culture told me

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 7:58 am

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Monkey See
9:56 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Top Ten Things I Am Not Going To Do During This 'Les Miserables' Screening

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables.
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:44 am

It's just about that time when members of the press begin to attend screenings of Les Miserables. I hereby vow to engage in none of the following conduct.

1. Throw crusts of bread at the screen and yell, "HEY, JEAN VALJEAN, ARE YOU HUNGRY?"

2. Do my imitation of Amanda Seyfried singing "There are so many questions and ah-nswers that somehow seem wrong," even though it's really funny and quite terrifying.

3. Refer to the short-haired Anne Hathaway as "Ruth Buzz-y."

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Monkey See
9:51 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'World War Z'

Brad Pitt in World War Z.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:17 am

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Monkey See
12:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Does The Hallmark Channel Have Basic Cable's Most Efficiently Defined Brand?

Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson in I Married Who?
Alexx Henry Hallmark Channel

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:50 pm

You know Hallmark cards, of course. "When you care enough to send the very best." They made themselves The Company That Makes Greeting Cards, Whether You Like It Or Not, and that brand is made of iron.

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