Linda Holmes http://nwpr.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz http://nwpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-fairy-tales-and-fall-tv-quiz We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action <em>Maleficent </em>coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 46128 at http://nwpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://nwpr.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")<p>PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return...<p>GOODWYN: Linda Holmes, of our pop culture blog "Monkey See," was a teenager when she first saw the film "Say Anything..." She says all these years later, she has a new appreciation of it.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Lloyd Dobler is played by John Cusack. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44617 at http://nwpr.org Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction http://nwpr.org/post/kristen-wiig-alice-munro-and-negative-space-fiction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cyHTzkxCpk</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44428 at http://nwpr.org Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://nwpr.org/post/mad-men-returns-full-footnotes Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.<p>If you were to see this scene in a film, completely out of context, you might look for a variety of clues to figure out what's going on. Some are straightforward: How are the people behaving? What's her tone of voice? What do their faces look like? How close are they sitting? If you've spent some time thinking about filmmaking, you might consider other things: How are they framed? What's the angle of the shot? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 44327 at http://nwpr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://nwpr.org/post/oscars-2014-low-laughs-great-speech-or-two The big winner was <em>12 Years a Slave</em>, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.<p>Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from <em>Frozen</em>) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.<p>But on the whole? It was a little flat. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 42206 at http://nwpr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains http://nwpr.org/post/new-shine-old-problems-how-do-you-clean-those-really-nasty-stains It's hard to take not one but two genres that are typically thought of as staples of old-fashioned "media for women" – the advice column and the collection of household hints – and make them feel at all relevant to women now, who may or may not have time for all the fussing that perfect housekeeping ideally entails and may or may not live lives in which it's their responsibility, or their priority.<p>But that's what Jolie Kerr accomplished at The Hairpin with her column, "Ask A Clean Person," which later moved to Jezebel under the title <a href="http://jezebel.com/tag/squalor">"Squalor."</a> N Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41930 at http://nwpr.org A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains The Beauty Of Spilling Your Sad Teenage Guts http://nwpr.org/post/beauty-spilling-your-sad-teenage-guts I read Pam Ribon's <em>Notes To Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public </em>in a few sittings, but the longest stretch I consumed where one should ideally read this book: in a bubble bath. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41683 at http://nwpr.org The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://nwpr.org/post/beatles-america-first-loved-them It's been 50 years since The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, to an audience of screaming, hair-pulling, ecstatic (in the classic sense) teenage girls. Cutes in suits, you might call them, like (and, of course, nothing like) countless other bands of the time that wore skinny ties and shared microphones and said "oh" and "yeah" and "baby."<p>Later, they'd get weird; experimental, rebellious, more transparently and transcendentally <em>high</em> than maybe any band ever, at least to hear the music tell it. They became legends, they became celebrities and movie stars. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 41205 at http://nwpr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://nwpr.org/post/golden-globes-share-wealth-such-it Let us say this first: The Golden Globes are Hollywood culture at its most purely self-perpetuating. Given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a small group of journalists so gleefully obscure that there is usually a joke about how gleefully obscure they are, the Globes lack the gravitas of the Oscars, which is really saying something, given the fact that the Oscars lack the gravitas of the Tonys and the Tonys lack the gravitas of a halfway decent episode of <em>Law & Order: SVU</em>.<p>That's why having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host works out so well. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39939 at http://nwpr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is Present Tense: Allie Brosh, Donald Glover, And Hurting Right Now http://nwpr.org/post/present-tense-allie-brosh-donald-glover-and-hurting-right-now There is much to praise about Allie Brosh's wonderful blog <a href="http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Hyperbole And A Half</a>, perhaps the greatest gift the crude, blocky graphics of MS Paint have ever given us. Brosh's posts are hugely evocative, gut-bustingly funny, and startlingly inventive in using simple drawings in ways that allow for pauses and comic timing, not to mention things like blur effects that represent ... well, <a href="http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html" target="_blank">sugar-fueled madness</a>. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 36485 at http://nwpr.org Present Tense: Allie Brosh, Donald Glover, And Hurting Right Now