Columnist | Variety

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: Only optimists plant grass in the fall

Didn't we just do this?

Libraries on wheels have a storied past

Baby boomers fondly remember the traveling libraries.

Lileks: Things that go screech in the middle of the night

There it is again.

Lileks: The last road trip of the summer

Some observations about Minnesota roads.

Lileks: Why do sports fans succumb to over-texting?

The trouble with giveaway tweets.

Lileks: Fair left its mark on Calvin Coolidge

Flashback to the State Fair of 1922.

Lileks: They've got your number

Can you call up the North American Numbering Plan Administration, or NANPA, with any numbering questions?

Lileks: How Minnesota's great State Fair could be even better

Seven suggestions for improvement.

Why the Minnesota State Fair is the best small town in the state

The fairgrounds offer an eclectic mix of architecture, walkability and storefronts.

Lileks: Is Minnesota the land of 10,000 nerds?

A national ranking of states finds Minnesota is the 17th nerdiest.