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: Vape 'em if you got 'em? Not around these parts

The restaurant where I worked in the ’80s had three tables in Non-Smoking, a few feet from Smoking. It was...

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 02:06 PM

Lileks: Let us now create starry, spangled wonder

So I’m standing on tiptoe on a snow-covered icy ledge, holding a 9-foot pole, trying to get a strand of...

Updated: December 04, 2014, - 08:15 PM

James Lileks: When phone books get 'hip' again

Hurrah! You will no longer be cursed with unwanted White Pages. No more automatic delivery of half a pulped tree....

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 03:48 PM

Ghost of a grand hotel lingers in downtown Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis wants someone to build something on the Nicollet Hotel site and bring the last big empty block of the Gateway to life again.

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 09:09 AM

Lileks: Great hotels of Minneapolis' past

As we consider what might go up on the Nicollet Hotel site, let's look at some other bygone grand hotels.

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 06:24 AM

Lileks: Black Friday tips and tricks

It’s Black Friday! For some, a joyous day of bargains; for the cynics, a kickoff to the annual festival of...

Updated: November 27, 2014, - 08:05 PM

Lileks: Want me to ignore you? Call me a Northerner

The Walker has held a panel discussion to decide whether Minnesota should be considered “North” or “Midwest.” I have no...

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 08:17 PM

Lileks: This winter is too much too soon

Last week on a Caribbean cruise, the same question kept coming up at dinner. Minnesota? How can you live there?...

Updated: November 20, 2014, - 07:52 PM

Streetscapes: Yet another new look for the old Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis

As the first Federal Reserve Bank gets yet another face-lift, just remember: Cass Gilbert is in there somewhere.

Updated: November 14, 2014, - 12:52 PM

Lileks: It's a Bundtiful day in the neighborhood

The neighborhood coffee shop has a bulletin board. Once upon a time it had offerings from neighborhood kids to mow...

Updated: November 06, 2014, - 08:16 PM

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