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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: The seasonal aisle tells the future

Back-to-school supplies aren't flying off the shelves. But will Halloween skeletons be wearing COVID masks?


Lileks: Please, more junk mail

It's always a shock when you get that AARP card in the mail. What? I'm not old. Although the actual sound of surprise and indignation…


Lileks: Murder hornets are so passe now that we have zombie cicadas

Something else not to be alarmed about.


What's the future of Minnesota's small-town downtowns? Hint: It's not Mayberry

Minnesota's small-town downtowns have a future, but it won't look like past.


Lileks: Let's vent to the wilderness, Minnesota-style

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Iceland.


Lileks: Letting your mask speak for you

Spare me the mask culture.


Lileks: Is this the end of the men's suit?

  Brooks Brothers, venerable men’s clothiers, has declared bankruptcy. Let us blame changing societal standards. I do not know if that is really the reason,…


Lileks: Plastic on the barrelhead, pal

How COVID killed the double-sawbuck.


Lileks: What does hand sanitizer cost? Who knows

At some point while restocking the home supplies, I realized I was preparing for the next pandemic. When flour was in short supply, I bought…


Lileks: How will we cope with the looming stick shortage?

It was time for the celebrated Minnesota tool.