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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: What killed Tab? COVID, of course

You might have heard that Tab’s been discontinued. Possible reactions: “What is Tab?” It’s a soft drink — or pop, as we say up here…


Lileks: We'll never shut up about the Halloween blizzard

At least it kept the riffraff out.


Lileks: Calling a different kind of lid

I'm about to discuss something about which I know absolutely nothing but nevertheless have opinions. That seems to be all the rage these days.A few…


Lileks: Oh, sure, we'd miss the IDS, at first

A new vision for the city: Less is less.


Lileks: Doing battle with home insecurity systems

We had a prowler last week. According to my neighborhood watch groups and security apps, it was only a matter of time. If you look…


Lileks: A sign of the times – scoffing at red lights

The unsettled air of 2020 has turned us into a society of miscreants.


Lileks: After cutting the cord, the cookies go missing

As a public service, I have been detailing my attempt to "cut the cord" and get the idiot-box bill below the weekly grocery bill for…


Lileks: How to vote with absolute safety?

Vote in person? It's perfectly safe.


Lileks: Rudolph can't save you now

We can all agree that packing people into small rooms and scaring them so they scream and emit fine mists of personal fluids is probably…


Archives of an architecture firm reveal a Minneapolis that was never built

Ed Baker's drawings and models of past projects give us a glimpse of what might have been.