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: Please, fair vendors, can we have less wonderful stuff?

Notes from the State Fair, 2014.1. Saw a lady carrying a yardstick. This used to be much more common. You...

Updated: August 29, 2014, - 12:20 AM

Lileks: Fair's Fine Arts Building is mostly true

The Minnesota State Fair is packed with art - but how much of it is actually Fine?

Updated: August 28, 2014, - 06:01 AM

Lileks: Spending time on Machinery Hill

Nothing like the sound of old tractors on Machinery Hill at the Minnesota State Fair.

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 05:44 AM

Lileks: You can learn something at the fair

James Lileks is virtually living at the Minnesota State Fair this week.

Updated: August 25, 2014, - 09:53 AM

Lileks: West End Market needs a Corn Dog Fountain

Anyone really miss Heritage Village? The old-timey attraction that looked like they bought it from a Brazilian slum that went...

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 03:41 PM

Is West End Market a good addition?

A new Fair entrance and shopping plaza have replaced Heritage Square. Was it a good swap?

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 03:48 PM

Lileks: The Minnesota State Fair, a century from now

When you look at pictures of the Minnesota State Fair 100 years ago, one thing stands out: Everyone’s wearing about...

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 12:10 AM

Paul Bunyan Land co-owner refused to let legends be pulled apart

Many middle-aged Minnesotans remember the first time the 1,000-foot-tall robot turned his head and spoke. Your parents had taken you...

Updated: August 16, 2014, - 04:38 PM

Lileks: Time for America to fall out of love with Minnesota

Outside magazine named Duluth the best city in the country. Minneapolis was #3. This has to stop. Now.It’s nice that...

Updated: August 16, 2014, - 04:35 PM

Lileks: Who needs a World's Fair when we have our Get-Together?

A recent news story about Secretary of State Mark Ritchie noted he’d be leaving office soon to work for an...

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 12:14 AM

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