First Draft Episode #197: Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes, pop-culture critic at NPR and host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, is out with her debut author of Evvie Drake Starts Over. I loved what Linda had to say about how practicing appellate law helped hone her critical writing; getting used to listening to her own voice; how she manages anxiety and depression, and the difficulty in even acknowledging that she wanted to write a novel.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
The Amazing Race was on the top of my mind when thinking about Television Without Pity
Linda’s writing was formerly hosted on the Monkey See blog at NPR, but that blog was sunsetted in favor of expanding the Pop Culture Happy Hour brand
Dancing with the Stars is now discussed on NPR, and that is largely due to Linda’s influence
Talk of the Nation, a live call-in show which had Linda on as a guest. She loved the spontaneity of participating in a live radio show
Linda had every intention of writing a book for National Novel Writing Month, alas her apartment flooded
If the yips interests you as much as it interests Linda, check out Field of Fear, a 30 for 30 mini-documentary
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a TV show that brings Linda joy and is fun, but also is warm-spirited and compassionate
Audie Cornish gets a break from being a very serious NPR news reporter when she guests on Pop Culture Happy Hour
Sarah Burnes at The Gernert Company reps Linda (hear Sarah Burnes’ episode of First Draft with Sarah Enni here)
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