James Lileks

Columnist | Metro
Phone: 612-673-7858
James Lileks writes a metro column and is an anchor/producer for NewsBreak, the webcast on startribune.com. He also blogs under The Blog O'Things.

Recent content from James Lileks

Lileks: Here's why the Giant Slide is State Fair favorite

A poll has named the Giant Slide as the favorite ride at the State Fair. Personally, I’d choose the Tilt-a-Whirl. You have control. You wish to bob gently on the heaving metal plates? Enjoy. You want all your internal organs driven by centrifugal force to one side of your body?

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 10:45 PM

Fans ask: Will Heritage Square return?

The State Fair's Heritage Square’s last hurrah before fair’s overhaul has stalwarts asking what’s next.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 05:27 PM

My Minnesota: The art of spin at State Fair

The motor hums, the paint squirts and scatters: art.The Spin-a-Painting booth has been a State Fair fixture forever, helping would-be...

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 04:51 PM

Lileks: Even wretched heat can't wreck the wonders of the fair

Every year, the price of things at the State Fair sneaks up a quarter or two, but the bottled-water hawkers...

Updated: August 30, 2013, - 10:15 AM

What are french fry fairies?

French fry fairies Katarina Ketchup and Rosalita Relish are just two fairies who will give you magical french fries when you stop at their booth.

Updated: August 26, 2013, - 03:48 PM

Lileks: State Fair makes a place for smokers

The man at the State Fair was standing with a map in his hands and a troubled look on his...

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 11:45 PM

Lileks: Best new thing at fair may be most basic thing

There’s something new at the State Fair that’s so marvelous, so stunning, so absolutely magnificent that it will —No, wait....

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 06:19 AM

Lileks: A hatchet job in the neighborhood

The chain saws began after 7 a.m. the other day, and if you were still in bed you no doubt...

Updated: August 17, 2013, - 09:35 PM

Lileks: 35 candidates for mayor in Minneapolis — let us count the whys

Thirty-five people are running for mayor in Minneapolis. You’re surprised 350 people aren’t running; R.T. made it look like so...

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 08:42 PM

Lileks: Tips for keeping your house in order during vacations

If you are planning that late-summer vacation — and if you’ll excuse me, I just wrote “late summer” and would...

Updated: August 10, 2013, - 04:59 PM

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