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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, and those who don't are probably grateful for the heads-up, and will avoid it," Lileks says.

Lileks: How not to unstop a stopped drain

Q: Can someone shove a tennis ball down a shower drain? A: Apparently so. Let me back up. One of the more popular boasts on…

Virginia Mae 'Ginny' Anderson, a longtime bank teller and editorial librarian, dies of COVID-19 at 91

For almost 40 years with the Second Northwestern Bank of Minneapolis on University Avenue, Virginia Mae “Ginny” Anderson was the smiling face at the teller’s…

Minneapolis' skyways are getting little use now, but they'll eventually be popular again

While they're getting little use now, these essential downtown connectors will eventually come back to life.

Lileks: Google has a list of words each state can't spell. It's wierd (stet)

You'd think we'd know that word by now.

Lileks: What was the matter with ordinary sprinklers? No app

The spring rains have been nice, but you know that eventually we'll see a fortnight of hot sun that will turn the lawn to straw.…

Lileks: An archaeological expedition to the mall

Not a lot to do on Day One.

Lileks: What's open? The tie department

The lockdown has been modified, and no doubt you have questions. I don’t know why you’re ignoring sections of the newspaper with actual facts in…

Lileks: We're too cowed by COVID to beef about the meat shortage

Let's try an experiment to see how we really feel.

My dog swallowed a bunny and I ended up learning a lesson in gratitude

My rabbit-devouring dog ended up at the vet and I learned a lesson about being thankful.

Daydreaming of the next trip: An English village in Suffolk waits, unchanged

Walberswick, Suffolk, England: It’s a tiny village on the coast that checks off every requisite of the classic English hamlet — minus the murders solved…