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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: Do you relish the thought of a ketchup shortage?

A story from revealed the ways people are dealing with the ketchup shortage. They're paying a premium price to buy fast-food ketchup packets…

Lileks: How to let everyone know you're jabbed

After deciding on a vaccine, we have to pick a way to announce it.

Lileks: Do all husbands have a genetic shopping deficiency?

Guests were due in an hour for brunch. My wife was doing kitchen things. You know, sautéing, reducing, clarifying, crisping, probably broasting, whatever that is.…

Lileks: Will we ever get over our pandemic cleaning fetish?

The pandemic has taught us to assume the worst.

Lileks: Remember restaurants? A refresher course

Washington Post headline: "Help, I've gone feral! After a year away from restaurants, I need a refresher course."Oh, come on. It's like riding a bike.…

Northstar Center, once building of the future, is emblem of Minneapolis' past

At the time it was built, the Northstar Center embodied the hope of urban vitality.

Lileks: How to know Netflix is on to you

Password sharing will be softly discouraged.

Lileks: Time for the tree-reapers again

You hate to see it: The green band of paint around a tree trunk. You cycle quickly through the stages of grief: No! Looks fine…

Lileks: No snow, so it's Thin Mint time?

Is it Girl Scout Cookie season?

The dashed dreams of the Sheridan Hotel in 1920s downtown Minneapolis

Marquette Avenue and S. 11th Street. They dreamed big in the '20s, but their visions exceeded the depth of their pocketbooks. The envisioned Sheridan was…