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James Lileks is a Star Tribune columnist. 

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: I am not a number! I am a lot of numbers

Last week, for a few seconds, I wished I were named Aloywichius Phofhenzoller Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. You would have felt the same.Let me back up. Do you…

Lileks: Why not a government toxic-relationships disposal center?

If we can throw away broken TVs, why can't we throw away broken promises?

Lileks: Can the internet iron out our problems as well as our shirts?

Perhaps we should talk about disobedient internet-connected ovens and what they have to do with Facebook's latest plan to spy on your life, but first…

Lileks: How to take the speed limit to the limit

There's the speed limit, and there's the real speed limit.

Minnesota made: We honor those whose toil helped create the state

On Labor Day, we honor those whose toil helped create the state.

Lileks: Summer just got here, and it's over?

C'mon, there's at least 36 hours of summer left.

Lileks: How to cancel your landline in less than 30 minutes

I called the phone company to disconnect my landline ... OK, I’ll wait while you get it out of your system. “Gee, did you have…

The Twin Cities didn't get a subway in the 1900s, and here's why

In the early 1900s, there was talk of building one. It would have put its mark on the metro.

Lileks: A handy guide for rebutting haters of the Minnesota State Fair

Not everyone loves the state's Great Get-Together.

The word of the week: Prostruction

Building a new attitude toward construction.