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.

Linda 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.

Linda 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.

Linda's work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

Linda lives in Takoma Park, Md., where she devotes herself to her nephews, her scruffy friends and perfecting her recipe for iced coffee.

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12:01am

Wed April 13, 2011
Monkey See

If You're Looking For A Little Diversity On Television, Try HGTV

Neda Ulaby reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition that there's a surprising channel where you can see Latino, Asian, or African-American people, as well as gays and lesbians, in significantly larger numbers than in much of the rest of broadcast and cable television.

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11:40am

Tue April 12, 2011
Monkey See

Jamie Oliver Brings His Crusade For Healthy Food To A Reluctant Los Angeles

The promotions for the new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which returns to ABC tonight for a second season, set up a central conflict of one man against the system. Celebrity chef and healthy-food activist Oliver, it is suggested, wants to come in and work with the Los Angeles Unified School District, as he worked with a much smaller district in West Virginia in his first season, to improve the freshness and nutrition of its school lunches. But the district has balked and won't let him in.

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12:20pm

Mon April 11, 2011
Monkey See

The Library Card As A Pop-Culture Fiend's Ticket To Geek Paradise

There's a big public library literally across the street from my bank and the supermarket where I most frequently pick up stuff like milk and paper towels. Across the street. As in: first I buy Diet Coke, then I dodge one SUV careening around the corner, and I'm there.

And yet, until this weekend, I'd never been in it and I had no library card.

I know.

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9:59am

Fri April 8, 2011
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comfort Food For Your Weary Soul

This week, we took a hint from one of our Facebook fans and talked about what "comfort food" we turn to when we get into a cultural rut and want to reawaken our love of the things we love, as it were. We took this topic in a number of directions, from pterodactyls to girls' bikes to the things Trey thinks might be the comfort food of the future.

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5:22pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Movie Reviews

A Second 'Wimpy Kid,' Strictly By The Numbers

It's an inalienable right of childhood to appreciate a little formulaic entertainment without fun-killing adults telling you how formulaic it is. But it's an inalienable right of parenthood to minimize your consumption of material that's utterly boring if you aren't 8 years old. That makes some movies difficult to condemn, but also difficult to recommend.

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12:48pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Monkey See

'The King's Speech' Leaves Theaters And Is Replaced By Asterisks

The press release that arrived today touting the re-edited, PG-13 version of The King's Speech opening April 1 claims, "Oscar's Best Picture Is Now The Best Family Film Of 2011."

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12:52pm

Wed March 23, 2011
Monkey See

Everything We Know About Celebrity, We Learned From Elizabeth Taylor

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 12:02 pm

Elizabeth Taylor became a star at age 10 and an icon by the time she was 30. Taylor died Wednesday at age 79.
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It takes nothing away from Elizabeth Taylor's considerable talents — which won her two Best Actress Oscars — to acknowledge that no one has ever so thoroughly and comprehensively embodied American celebrity.

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