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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.

Minnesota's fast-food chains once boasted garishly fun designs

But you knew what they were at a glance. Now the buildings are nothing short of bleak.

Minnesotans have moved past ketchup onto bona fide hot sauce. So what's our fave?

And what's with South Dakota's love for Heinz?

Is it odd to mourn a microwave?

It's almost a member of the family.

Lileks: Does the truth matter anymore?

When we shrug at rewriting what we know

What have they done to our toothpaste tubes?

Crimpers lament, but squeezers rejoice.

Lileks: What men don't get about chocolate

A necessary Valentine's Day lesson

Lileks: Turn off your Christmas lights, people

Unless you can convince your neighbors that they're for a different holiday.

Updating your phone can ruin your life

Nothing works correctly after that.

The Minnesota method: hot dish-based protests

French protesters threw soup; we'd go with a Tater Tot casserole.

Lileks: Is it gross to eat snow?

Reese Witherspoon sets off an internet uproar.