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: 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

Lileks: Admit it, you vote to get the sticker

Minnesota always prides itself on 99.996 percent of eligible voters showing up and filling the ovals with reasonable skill.

Updated: November 03, 2012, - 07:03 PM

Lileks: YES and NO lawn signs are yard sails of democracy

The stoutest trunk of conviction is felled like a twig in the presence of a sign that says NO when you believe YES, or YES when you believe NO.

Updated: November 01, 2012, - 09:01 PM

My Minnesota: A voice from the past lives on in the present

If you were listening to talk radio in the 1990s, chances are you heard Bruce Gordon read the news on KSTP. He was a familiar voice on the local airwaves right up until . . . well, the time when he wasn't anymore. But that's radio.

Updated: October 27, 2012, - 10:08 PM

Lileks: The sister of all twisted lawsuits

Whether you rock around the clock or the Christmas tree, you know it is a thing that requires a certain amount of intent and preparation.

Updated: October 27, 2012, - 04:25 PM

Lileks: It's Halloween - again. How booooo-ring is that? Very.

This is shaping up to be a lackluster Halloween.

Updated: October 25, 2012, - 09:18 PM

Lileks: Minneapolis checking on the pulse of things

This month and next, the city of Minneapolis is surveying residents by phone to see how they feel about things. The results of the survey will be used to reevaluate things in an ongoing thing-adjustment process. We have a transcript of one such exchange.

Updated: October 13, 2012, - 04:22 PM

Lileks: Can't they just be happy with that lobby?

If I had looked into the matter more closely, I would have moved beyond the rhetoric that often clouds our judgment. Simple research would have shown how the lobby's ... blah blah ... has no impact, but we are devoted ... whatever ... to a world-class ensemble in the future ... yada yada.

Updated: October 11, 2012, - 07:24 PM

Lileks: City of lakes - and cozy carriage rides

Yahoo, the company that was Google before Google, has declared Minneapolis to be one of the nation's most "unexpectedly romantic cities."

Updated: October 06, 2012, - 04:52 PM

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