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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: Cold weather means indoor mice

"Ohgahd! Heww! Yukk! Uhhg!"That's a direct quote.My wife got out the bowl of dog kibble from the cupboard and uttered some improvised phonemes of surprise…


Lileks: November, you're doing it wrong

Perhaps if we were to sing Turkey Carols?


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Lileks: Watching paint dry was just the exciting start

  This is a story as insubstantial as dryer lint and exciting as watching paint dry. That’s because it is literally a story about dryer…


You can learn a lot about Minneapolis history by walking the skyways

Photos, murals and other collections make the skyways into mini-museums.


Lileks: Hail the doughnut smuggler

How do we really feel about our doughnuts?


Lileks: Everyone's got a point with 'OK Boomer'

Perhaps you’ve seen a young person wearing a T-shirt that says “OK Boomer” and thought, “That’s nice. They’re honoring their elders!” No, not at all.…


Lileks: This one weird Netflix trick shortens winter

Let's fast-forward seasons the way we do videos.


Remembering Laika the space dog

The Soviet stray wasn't the only dog in space, but she became the most famous one.


Lileks: Hey, did you know we had a blizzard on Halloween?

“Hey, new guy, have you heard about the Halloween Blizzard?” New guy: “Uh, yeah, In fact, it came up 10 times last week.” Us: “Because…