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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: Can we do the State Fair in the era of social distancing?

On a necessary venture into the coronaviral miasma, I found myself in a line that seemed stretched a mile away from the register. Sounds bad…

Lileks: Coronabod, here we come

We're all gaining weight together.

Long gone, the Lutheran Brotherhood building was a breath of fresh air in the 1950s

Among all the brick and stone of downtown Minneapolis, the Lutheran Brotherhood must have seemed like a cool drink of fresh water. Finished in 1956,…

Lileks: Waiting for the sounds of spring

  These are not official statistics, but some sources say that 100% of the population is sick of COVID-19. Not from it; of it. Nevertheless,…

Lileks: We need a new shaming standard

It's time to become aggressively passive-aggressive.

How the news media played down the pandemics of yore, from Spanish flu to Swine flu

Before the explosion of social media, pandemic news was more sedate.

Lileks: Kids coming back from college full of learnin' and COVID

Ting! Goes the phone. Ah, text from Daughter at college. Hey I’m all ears; do go on. Ting! Have Ting! Some news Why are you…

At annual memorial breakfast in New Prague, kindnesses stack up

The New Prague Knights of Columbus Hall will honor the memory of a beloved patriarch with pancakes.

Lileks: What could possibly be the problem with us all telecommuting?

Of course everyone can work from home!

6 movies about pandemics to watch (or avoid) if you're stuck at home

Stay home, wash your hands (and your TV remote) and enjoy these outbreaks.