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: Even at 5, kids know there are monsters

Bzzzzzz click! and the door's unlocked. Every time you have to get buzzed through a school door there's a fleeting moment of gratitude there's something between the kids and the monsters, and a dash of anger that the monsters exist.

Updated: December 15, 2012, - 05:13 PM

Lileks: A storm named what? Great Caesar's ghost!

Last week we had the perfect winter storm. Perfect timing, perfect snow, perfect stage-dressing for the holidays to come. Even the next day, when you heard the car wheels spinning like the muffled cries of a mastodon knee-deep in a tar pit -- Rrrrrr! Rrrrrr! Rrrrrr! -- you felt a sense that all was right.

Updated: December 13, 2012, - 08:18 PM

Lileks: The art of feeding those red kettles

If you don't hit the kettle on the way in, you want to say, "Get you on the way out." But if you hit it on the way in, you want to say, "Got you on the other side!" as you walk out.

Updated: December 08, 2012, - 05:05 PM

Christmas tree business from the top down

Trent Johnson, owner of B&J Trees, likes his job, but it's a demanding one.

Updated: December 08, 2012, - 05:02 PM

Lileks: Here are a few easy ways to close the state's budget deficit

According to a spokesman for the Department of Whoa, Didn't See That Coming, the state is $1.1 billion in the hole, and there's not enough gambling money to pay for the stadium. The problem, according to one of the state reps I heard on the news:

Updated: December 06, 2012, - 08:18 PM

Lileks: Hoping to spend more at the pump? You're in luck

We are now the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets directly at the gas pump.

Updated: December 01, 2012, - 04:21 PM

Lileks: Clark Griswold can only dream of Christmas lights like these

I've been hanging out at the malls this week, looking for something new to set this season apart from its predecessors.

Updated: November 29, 2012, - 11:16 PM

Lileks: Bridge brings pride, awe ... and graffiti

When they ripped out the bridge in our neighborhood, it cut us off from the shops and cafes. Felt like they'd put up the Berlin Wall -- without the secret police and midnight detentions, of course. (As far as anyone could tell.) Everyone adapted and watched the reconstruction with pride and awe.

Updated: November 24, 2012, - 06:30 PM

Lileks: Shot in the dark no match for the flu

The Flu-Industrial Complex had its credibility rattled this week with a report from U of M researchers: Flu shots provide only "modest" protection for the young and middle-aged and hardly any for seniors. They work pretty well on dead people, though.

Updated: November 10, 2012, - 04:18 PM

Lileks: Don't forget harpoon when packing winter travel kit

Forecasts say it'll hit 60 Saturday. That was an easy winter, eh?

Updated: November 08, 2012, - 08:35 PM

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