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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9:18am

Mon March 24, 2014
Monkey See

Not So 'Divergent': The Cookie-Cutter Nonconformist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:58 am

Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent. Can you see the rebellion?
Jaap Buitendijk Summit Entertainment

Divergent, the new film starring Shailene Woodley based on the popular YA novels by Veronica Roth, describes a dystopian future in which everyone belongs to one of five "factions": Erudite (cold-blooded intellectuals), Amity (hippie farmers), Abnegation (plain-dress public servants), Candor (people who tell the truth all the time) (?), and Dauntless (bad-ass fighters).

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10:35am

Fri March 21, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Authenticity Business And A Colorful Quiz

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:40 am

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On this week's episode, our pal Gene Demby is with us for a discussion of the recent Between Two Ferns episode in which the President of the United States chatted about the Hangover movies. What does this kind of appearance accomplish? What is the meaning of "keeping it real" in current popular culture? And what does this all have to do with mayonnaise? Oh, you'll find out.

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2:20pm

Thu March 20, 2014
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'Mad Men' Reveals: In The New Season, People Will Wear Things

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 7:15 am

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a publicity photo for the upcoming seventh season of Mad Men. This is pretty much all we know. If we told you more, we'd have to ... well, you know.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Many of the more interesting shows on television have their little peculiarities: Community has Dan Harmon going on for thousands of words at a time about his feelings, Game of Thrones has fretting over the pace of the show versus the books, and Mad Men has creator Matthew Weiner coming out ahead of every season and giving a bunch of interviews to promote it in which he doesn't say anything about it.

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12:17pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Monkey See

Step Right Up: 20 Very Silly Inventions Actually Pitched On 'Shark Tank'

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:55 pm

The Moberi bike-powered smoothie stand is demonstrated for the investors of Shark Tank.
Michael Ansell ABC

10:55am

Fri March 14, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Naked And The Nerds

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 7:41 am

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A while ago, we devoted a segment to the matter of profanity, and now, as summer follows spring and spring (supposedly) follows winter, we are moving on to the issue of nudity. When is it decorative? When is it exploitation? And how would they see all of this from Europe?

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