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, 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.



Tue April 5, 2011
Monkey See

It Was The Ugliest NCAA Championship You Will Ever See, But It Still Counts

Sure, the history-making statistic from Monday night's NCAA men's championship game was that Butler shot 18.8 percent, the lowest of any team in an NCAA men's final, ever, and the worst shooting performance in an NCAA tournament game since 1946.

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Sat April 2, 2011
Monkey See

Marc Maron, On Talking To Comics And Soothing With His 'Neurotic Rage'

Comedian Marc Maron's popular podcast, called WTF, gets roughly 200,000 downloads a week — or it did. But that number seems to be growing. Maron tells All Things Considered host Guy Raz on Saturday's show that in the first half of March, he'd already had a million downloads.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Monkey See

Elizabeth Taylor: A Template For Celebrity

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:02 am

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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Fri March 11, 2011
Monkey See

'Win Win': Director Tom McCarthy On Wrestling With Moral Vagaries

On today's All Things Considered, Melissa Block talks to Tom McCarthy, the director of the new film Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti. McCarthy previously directed The Station Agent as well as The Visitor, for which Richard Jenkins was nominated for Best Actor. As Melissa Block notes, all three films rely on "collisions with strangers."

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Sat March 5, 2011
Monkey See

'That Championship Season': Fathers And Sons Find A New Home On Broadway

On Saturday's Weekend Edition, Scott Simon speaks with actors Brian Cox, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric about their roles in the new Broadway production of That Championship Season. The play, about a coach hosting a reunion of the members of his championship high-school basketball team 20 years later, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for playwright Jason Miller — who was Jason Patric's father.

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