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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8:33am

Tue February 4, 2014
Monkey See

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 1: 'American Hustle'

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:46 pm

11:35am

Mon February 3, 2014
Monkey See

Not-stalgia: Why I Don't Miss 'Seinfeld'

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:34 pm

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I remember laughing occasionally at Seinfeld. I'm pretty sure there's tape of me somewhere, probably on a podcast, acknowledging that it's good. Because of peer pressure.

I don't like Seinfeld, I don't miss it, and every time I'm asked to participate in some sort of acknowledgment of its greatness, or its place in the pantheon, I feel myself cringe and lie and say I understand, but I am here to tell you, and then never to be so cowardly again: I don't understand.

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10:03am

Mon February 3, 2014
Monkey See

Philip Seymour Hoffman And The Blessings Of Friction

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:42 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman, seen here in November, died Sunday.
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2:54pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Monkey See

Yes, Jesse Eisenberg Should Absolutely Play Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg during a portrait session at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September 2013.
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10:09am

Fri January 31, 2014

10:40am

Thu January 30, 2014
Monkey See

I Like Big Trucks And I Cannot Lie: Cars, Trucks, And The Lady Brain

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 3:26 pm

Try not to get too excited, ladies.
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You know, when it comes to studies about how women think, I must admit that I always plunge in with great and girlish (!) excitement, because as much as the stereotyping may officially bother me, let's face it: there is part of me that thinks, "Oh, this is going to be good."

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9:33am

Thu January 30, 2014
Monkey See

A Story About A Little-Known Song In A Little-Known Movie That Got A Big Oscar Nod

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:44 pm

The Oscar statue is seen at the entrance of the Hollywood & Highland Center before the 2012 Academy Awards.
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Well, it's safe to say we're shocked — shocked — to find that Oscar campaigning was going on in here.

Tuesday night, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences — the Oscars people — rescinded the Best Original Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie Alone Yet Not Alone.

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9:35am

Tue January 28, 2014
Monkey See

Pete Seeger And The Public Choir

Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
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Much will be said and has been said about Pete Seeger, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."

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11:15am

Mon January 27, 2014
Monkey See

Pharrell Williams And The Power Hat

Pharrell Williams wore an unexpected piece of headgear to Sunday's Grammy Awards.
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10:23am

Sun January 26, 2014
Monkey See

Watch The Grammy Awards With Us

US singer Bruno Mars performs during the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) 2013 ceremony in Amsterdam in November 2013.
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You've gotta love the Grammy Awards.

They've got a zillion categories showcasing all kinds of great and interesting music (really!) in all kinds of genres (really!). But when it comes to awards night, you see a tiny selection of awards (eight or nine, maybe, in three hours), together with a bunch of performances ranging from the flawless to the weird thing that happened last year involving Frank Ocean's video legs.

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