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Lileks, a Minneapolis resident since 1976: "I've never repeated myself once. I don't like to say I write a 'humor' column, since that's subjective. What might be amusing to me might leave you poker-faced. Let's just say my columns are not intended to be taken seriously." He also writes "Streetscape" pieces, which detail the delights and errors, past and present, of the Twin Cities urban environment. He's the author of four novels, four pop-culture "humor" books on vintage subjects and two collections of columns. "People who like my stuff will probably like lileks.com, and those who don't are probably grateful for the heads-up, and will avoid it," Lileks says.

Lileks: Recalling the bad old days of flu shots

I wrote some breezy japery about the flu a few weeks ago, and some readers thought I was minimizing the need for a shot or…

Lileks: A look at Amazon's demise in the year 2079

A look to the future, when retail tastes shift again.

Minnesota Monument: Honoring the father of Minnesota's highway system

A monument to Charles M. Babcock was dedicated on his homesite in Elk River in 1947.

The word of the week: Tea

This 'tea' is a tart drink, indeed

Lileks: Does American cheese deserve to die?

The millennials' newest victim, according to Bloomberg News, is American cheese.

Lileks: Are drab leaf colors really the most disappointing thing about fall?

Most of us have three phases: 1. Oh, the leaves are starting to turn. Pretty! 2. Hmm, they're all brown. 3. Well, they're gone. In a week it'll be dark at 4:54 p.m. Why do I live here?

Lileks: Who is this dead Swede, and why is he so tidy?

They call it Swedish death cleaning: You approach your possessions as if you were charged with emptying out your house after you’ve died. No one…

Lileks: Who's to blame for long Halloween season? Ask Franken Berry

Perhaps we've become tired of being tired of pumpkin spice.

Minnesota Moment: Southdale, our first 'nation's biggest mall'

Visionary architect Victor Gruen saw the enclosed shopping center as an antidote to the Twin Cities area's car-centric development.

Lileks: When China thinks you're in the market for panic bars

Once a week, I am reminded that someone in China thinks I am an industrial-supply executive. Here's the latest e-mail:Dears,The is Vepin from Tybonder Co.,…