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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: It takes street smarts to deal with Minneapolis parking fee increase

Two hours is not enough.


A change in routine raises the question: Are dogs more adaptable than their owners?

A windstorm, a broken door and wet dog food: James Lileks tries to teach Birch a new routine, and gets schooled.


What's the story behind the marooned Minneapolis White Castle?

It's not just any White Castle. It's No. 8. And it's historic.


Word of the week: Snostalgia

It's snow buddy's business.


Lileks: Odd night at the drugstore

If you put NyQuil, Pepto-Bismol and a tube of pain cream down on the drugstore counter, and it's 9:45 on a Friday night, you know…


Lileks: With 5G, now we can waste our time even faster

The new 5G phone network will change everything.


Lileks: Why does company always come when we're at our worst?

We hope everyone who came for the Final Four has had a nice time. It’s probably too much to expect thank-you notes, but that would…


Lileks: Bothered by airplane noise? Try writing a letter

There are planes? Landing? At the airport?


Lileks: Everyone's up in arms over St. Louis-style bagels. What's Minnesota's quirk?

You need to know about St. Louis-style bagel cutting, so you can be outraged. What’s that, you say? You’ve reached Peak Outrage? You’ve been living…


Minneapolis' rebuilt Union Depot was shining example of modernism – for 1914

Hennepin Avenue, near the Mississippi River. The Great Northern Depot stood at the edge of downtown by the river, in the Bridge Square area. Judging…