James Lileks

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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

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

Lileks: The closing of Macy's store in St. Paul is a sign of a deeper loss

The deal to keep Macy's in St. Paul expired on Dec. 31 at 11:59:59 p.m., and no doubt the company agonized over what to do next.

Updated: January 03, 2013, - 07:36 PM

Lileks: Let's take a look at year that's about to begin

Everyone else is giving you the Year in Review, which is easy. It takes skill and foresight to give you next year's Year in Review, today. Here is your look back at the year to come: 2013.

Updated: December 29, 2012, - 03:57 PM

Lileks: Tweeting seats might as well be the new smoking area

Two stories this week feed into the narrative of General Ongoing Awfulness. At first glance they don't seem connected, but just add a columnist who doesn't think he could get a full column out of either one, and bingo! Strange connections emerge.

Updated: December 27, 2012, - 09:18 PM

Lileks: Mary Tyler Moore slept here ... sort of

The Mary Tyler Moore house is up for sale, which means news stories reminding people we haven't had a TV show set in Minneapolis for four decades.

Updated: December 22, 2012, - 04:00 PM

Lileks: It's the rude, crude truth, I swear: Mayans had it wrong

Today is Dec. 21, and the world will not end.

Updated: December 20, 2012, - 08:02 PM

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

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