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
8:59 am
Fri February 15, 2013

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

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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
8:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

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

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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
12:59 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving

In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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Monkey See
10:23 am
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 2:08 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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Monkey See
9:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

A New Vision Of Harry Potter Premieres With A Fresh Take On 'Sorcerer's Stone'

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This fall, to mark the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter's arrival in the U.S., trade paperback versions of the Harry Potter series are getting new covers.

The art comes from Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novels and the comics anthology Flight. Scholastic rolled out the first cover today, for the first book, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.

But don't fret — the original art from Mary GrandPre will still be on the hardcovers.

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Monkey See
8:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Morning Shots: I'm Sorry, But This Bathroom Is Now An Ice-Cream Parlor

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Ashley Fetters at The Atlantic has rounded up early reviews of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique; it's a great read. [The Atlantic]

I'm not sure what to make of the fact that Sigur Ros is now selling a signature candle, but I feel like a #bandcandles hashtag can't be far behind. [Vulture]

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Monkey See
11:08 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Ten Clues That The Zombie Outbreak Being Announced On Your Television Is Not A Hoax

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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:25 pm

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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Monkey See
11:26 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halftime Shows And Love Stories

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When it's early-mid February, the mind naturally turns to those fundamentals of the good life: love and football.

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Monkey See
10:15 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Remembering Central Park Birder Starr Saphir: 'Time Has A Different Meaning'

Starr Saphir, seen here at an HBO event in 2012, died on Tuesday.
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Monkey See
10:55 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron

The Monopoly iron token that was replaced by the new cat token.
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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:07 pm

Wednesday, Hasbro announced that it was welcoming a new member of the Monopoly-token family. And because it asked the Internet, it wound up with a cat. (For whatever reason, the Internet was not offered Gotye or a bacon cupcake.)

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Monkey See
8:56 am
Mon February 4, 2013

That Was A Great Blackout Last Night

Kicker David Akers of the San Francisco 49ers waits during a power outage that occurred in the third quarter that caused a 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII.
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Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:38 am

Great blackout last night, right?

It's been clear for some time that substantially more people watch the Super Bowl than have the slightest interest in watching the actual football game. That's why there's such hubbub over the halftime show and the commercials — it gives non-football types something to pay attention to instead of football.

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Monkey See
8:23 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Choosing Sides: How To Pick Between The Ravens And The 49ers

Sourdough Sam, the mascot for the San Francisco 49ers, looks on in January 2012.
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Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:13 am

Headlines were circulating last week about how, as Slate put it, "almost everybody" is rooting for the San Francisco 49ers over the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl. Of course, it turns out that what this actually meant was more like "substantially more than half of the area of the country is included within counties in which more people like the 49ers on Facebook than like the Ravens on Facebook."

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Monkey See
11:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: '30 Rock,' Getting Meta, And The PCHH FAQ

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In case a thousand thousands of internet words haven't informed you, last night was the final episode of 30 Rock, and in addition to taking a moment to appreciate the show itself, we decided to use it as a jumping-off point for a discussion of "meta" humor — what it is, when it works, and when it just comes off like a crutch. You might be surprised to hear meta traced all the way back to childhood, but hey, that's what we're here for.

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Monkey See
9:15 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Morning Shots: Lois Lane Has An iPad, And Linda Gray Has A Story About Her Leg

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Does Lois Lane's iPad mean that Zack Snyder's approach to Superman will be fresher and more modern than people are expecting? [The Guardian]

Too much? Too little? How much information are you supposed to hand out in a movie trailer anyway? [The New York Times]

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Monkey See
12:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Doing The Work: What '30 Rock' Meant For Women On Television

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
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I have never considered Liz Lemon a feminist icon of any kind, nor have I ever considered 30 Rock especially strong when it comes to gender politics.

I don't care for the obsessive joke-making about how Liz is ugly/mannish/old/awkward, and I haven't always been comfortable with the way some of the "she's baby-crazy!" or "she's relationship-crazy!" comedy has played. I was ambivalent about the way the Jezebel parody and the "women aren't funny" storylines were executed.

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