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: A gritty little tale about our winter

If the universe had a mortgage -- say, fixed rate, 30 billion years -- I wouldn't have said that to my wife. Let me explain.

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 10:31 PM

Lileks: Know what time it is at the Supreme Court? It's tool time!

So I'm standing on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul during morning rush hour, the car in a snowbank, tire blown. The AAA guy can't get the wheel off, so he goes to the truck and brings back a block of wood.

Updated: January 31, 2013, - 08:42 PM

Lileks: Something was different at this fire

The day after the pizza place burned, smoke still hung in the air as residents lamented the loss of a neighborhood fixture.

Updated: January 26, 2013, - 04:59 PM

Firefighters battle frigid temps, blaze at south Mpls. pizzeria

The fire involved a building near 54th Street and Lyndale Avenue S. that houses Diamond Lake Rental and Beek's Pizza.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 11:19 PM

Lileks: Development puts an end to Dinkytown's small-town feel

About once a year I scold someone in a neighborhood I don't live in because they don't want something that wouldn't affect me at all. About time for another. This time the location is Dinkytown, the compact community by the U of M's East Bank, but the issue is the same everywhere: development vs. the residents.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 11:04 PM

Lileks: When holiday lights talk back to you

Just so we're clear: If you take the lights down before I do, you're a holiday kill-joy. If you take them down later, you're lazy.

Updated: January 19, 2013, - 03:49 PM

All you need is an (ultra)sound reason to give up the cigs for good

The American Lung Association has given Minnesota a failing grade on its efforts to fight smoking.

Updated: January 18, 2013, - 03:56 PM

Warm memories of a hole in the ice

Let me get this straight, newcomers think. You people drive a big truck on the ice, drag out a house, cut holes in the floor and turn on a heater. So you can fish?

Updated: January 12, 2013, - 06:10 PM

Lileks: Resolved: Compromise is humanistic, principles ... bad

The annual New York Mills Think-Off, a Minnesota tradition that settles thorny philosophical issues by a town-hall vote, has announced its next topic: Is it better to stick to principles, or compromise?

Updated: January 10, 2013, - 09:00 PM

Lileks: Lessons from the Great Gusher of '13

Visited the scene of the Great Water Main Break of 2013 a day after the deluge, and aside from the blocked-off streets you couldn't tell anything had happened.

Updated: January 05, 2013, - 04:00 PM

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