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
11:34 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Spiders And Kittens And Lots Of Gratitude

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Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 1:09 pm

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It's been a while since we were all at the table together, but this week, the PCHH team returns in force to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man, whether it matters whether a film is "necessary," and whether charming leads are enough to make up for certain story shortfalls, if we presume that they exist. What will happen? Who will compare Spider-Man to Hamlet? Who will call Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker "moist"? (Okay, that one is me.) There are some basic Spider-Man spoilers, but we did what we could not to blow plot points of this particular movie.

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Monkey See
9:21 am
Fri July 13, 2012

A Plague On Both Your Houses: Can Anybody Win In A Cable Carriage Dispute?

When consumers can't get Stephen Colbert because of a dispute between DirecTV and Viacom, do they really care whose fault it is?
Scott Gries Picturegroup

DirecTV and Viacom have been unable to reach a carriage agreement for the former to carry the programming of the latter to its customers. What that means for regular folks is that people with DirecTV have lost their access to Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and other channels.

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Monkey See
11:40 am
Tue July 10, 2012

How Should You Watch And Read And Listen? However You Want

Marcelo Poleze iStockphoto.com

However you want to watch Breaking Bad is fine with me.

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Monkey See
10:13 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Lure Of The Open Road

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Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 10:28 am

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Among the many things to which we turn our thoughts in summer is road-tripping — particularly apt because Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson were both traveling this week, bringing Mike Katzif and Barrie Hardymon to the discussion with me and Trey Graham. We had a chat about all manner of road movies, from the classic dust-and-motorcycles type to the kind that might not even appear to be a road movie until you look more closely.

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Monkey See
10:30 am
Tue July 3, 2012

A Nerd Is Not A Geek: Two Spins On Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Jaimie Trueblood Sony Pictures

The biggest challenge The Amazing Spider-Man faces might be surprisingly existential for a summer blockbuster: Why should it be?

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