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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: Power's out; better eat the ice cream

When the power goes out, we're all in the dark — but not just literally.

Lileks: Is it me, or is it cold in here?

The eternal struggle between men and women over the proper setting for the air conditioner.

Lileks: Minnesotans need to learn how to lie better

We could be an international travel hot spot if we made up better stories.

Lileks: Don't touch that dial. Or paper. Or coffee cup.

Everyone has a quirk that their friends and family tolerate. What's yours?

Lileks: The secret to the greatest burger in the world

The patty likely will fall apart, but it will taste good.

Lileks: Why you should lie to your phone

Soon, the AI on your phone will know more about you than you know yourself. That's a problem.

Lileks: Why do mosquitoes always bite you in this one stupid spot?

When mosquitoes choose a place to bite, they have a fave. Never your nose. Sometimes your elbow. Rarely the lower back. It's always this one particular place.

Lileks: Minneapolis is happy to be the happiest

But, we admit, we're not sure how we earned the honor.

Lileks: Best Father's Day gift? Listening.

He doesn't need a goofy apron or funny socks. Especially funny socks. Let him tell you something embarrassing,

Lileks: The cold truth about a stubborn ice maker

Does it seem as if nothing lasts like it used to?