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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: Is it ethical to force people to hear your music?

OK, I need you to tell me if I was wrong.(Note: I was not. I have never been so right.)Last week we took a trip…


Lileks: When your pants always fit, something's gotta be wrong

It's now possible to find pants that always fit. And offer no judgment.


Lileks: Mouse-proofing, 'Tom & Jerry' style, without the hatpin in the rear

The dog's kibble has a nice palette, no doubt chosen to flatter the sensibilities of the human who buy it. Brown, beige, tan — those…


Skyscrapers rule downtowns, but we need smaller buildings, too

Two- and three-story buildings create character and a more human scale.


Lileks: When all the roads are finally finished

Highway construction will end someday. Really.


Lileks: Down with door-to-door dinner disturbers

I should have a "no solicitors" sign, but one of my friends is a British lawyer, and I'd hate for him to drop by, see…


Lileks: Is your ice preference trendy enough?

What's the best ice?


LILEKS: Why real stores are better than online, pt. 2,239

I bought a new computer mouse the other day. Ruined it the same day. I blame the pandemic.Problem: My wife's mouse for her work laptop…


Lileks: No, I will not fall for your seasonal limited edition potato chips

Lays giveth and Lays taketh away.


A long-gone 1950s plaza in downtown Minneapolis boasted waterfalls and a visiting president

First, the space was turned into an ice rink, and then, in 1956, to celebrate Minneapolis' first 100 years, it was redone as Centennial Park.