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

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

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

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