Recent content from James Lileks
The store clerk asked the customer ahead of me the query we have all learned to expect: “Are you a rewards member?” He mumbled that…
Sometimes we'd be better off just ignoring the flakes — and while we're at it, the law.
It’s wise to live a virtuous life for its own rewards, but if you worry that your sins may land you in a hot place,…
The annual battle with the holiday lights.
The demolition of the rather ordinary Public Service Center in Minneapolis will leave a gap in the city scape.
Someone I know was the victim of a crime recently. She stored some berries in a fridge at the office, and someone stole them. You…
Don't get shook up about the dessert-hoax graphic.
"Ohgahd! Heww! Yukk! Uhhg!"That's a direct quote.My wife got out the bowl of dog kibble from the cupboard and uttered some improvised phonemes of surprise…
Perhaps if we were to sing Turkey Carols?
Can you deal with a few ads?
This is a story as insubstantial as dryer lint and exciting as watching paint dry. That’s because it is literally a story about dryer…
Photos, murals and other collections make the skyways into mini-museums.
How do we really feel about our doughnuts?
Perhaps you’ve seen a young person wearing a T-shirt that says “OK Boomer” and thought, “That’s nice. They’re honoring their elders!” No, not at all.…
Let's fast-forward seasons the way we do videos.
The Soviet stray wasn't the only dog in space, but she became the most famous one.
“Hey, new guy, have you heard about the Halloween Blizzard?” New guy: “Uh, yeah, In fact, it came up 10 times last week.” Us: “Because…
Here are seven easy improvements that James Lileks thinks the Stakeholder Committee should consider.
The 94-year-old thought it was about time he got what he deserved.
The word of the week will turn you green with envy
Readers help reveal the story behind a massive, rarely seen overview of the city.
If you fill out a survey online, there’s often a question about your age group. The choices should go like this: • Opinion can be…
A sudden case of dotted lines.
Blame Bertha. Or thank her. Or both. Bertha Berman patented the fitted bed sheet in 1959, which means this is the 60th anniversary of Not…
How to prepare for the coming storms.
A panoramic photo of the city taken on a large-format camera in 1907 offers an incredible time capsule. "It reveals things that essentially nobody ever saw before. It's so immersive."
News: Scientists predict a bad flu season. Oh. Really? One of these years we’re going to be told to expect a great flu season.…
A highly unscientific surveys says we're Almond Joy lovers. You'll never guess Wisconsin's snack.
The $600,000 crown was installed in the late '60s.
Anyone who's cleaned out the house of a departed parent has come to the conviction that everyone has too much stuff. You resolve to go…
The internet is giving us a whole new language to speak about the good bois in our lives.
Fall color season's familiar pattern, this time with grass.
New Central Auto Body has been fixing dented fenders since the Ford Model T was king of the road.
Thanks, power company, for making me worry.
Last week, for a few seconds, I wished I were named Aloywichius Phofhenzoller Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. You would have felt the same.Let me back up. Do you…
If we can throw away broken TVs, why can't we throw away broken promises?
Perhaps we should talk about disobedient internet-connected ovens and what they have to do with Facebook's latest plan to spy on your life, but first…
There's the speed limit, and there's the real speed limit.
On Labor Day, we honor those whose toil helped create the state.
C'mon, there's at least 36 hours of summer left.
I called the phone company to disconnect my landline ... OK, I’ll wait while you get it out of your system. “Gee, did you have…
In the early 1900s, there was talk of building one. It would have put its mark on the metro.
Not everyone loves the state's Great Get-Together.
Building a new attitude toward construction.
Dodge ball is harsh, but it's not bullying. You might say it builds character.
A new and slightly silly survey says it's the most chill place in the whole country.
State's new slowpoke driver law spurs righteous — and right lane — indignation.
We like to think it will always be there, promising pancakes and a bottomless cup of coffee.
The bugs' calls signal that summer is coming to an end.
Doggone it's humid in August!
The truly brave don't brag, but sometimes you have to make an exception.Otherwise, how will future generations know what you've done, what you faced, what…
Since we're all going hands-free on Thursday, you now must talk to your phone, or your car. But you don't know how they'll answer.
We won't July to you about fall
In our continuing series intended to remind you that life is better than before, despite the calamitous storm of news that clatters down 24/7 like…
Did anyone check to see if getting Stephen Colbert to come to the Super Bowl would have been cheaper?
What a remarkable fellow. They made so many, once. There are so few, now.
Let's go over the rules for taking other people's stuff.If you want something gone, put it on the boulevard. It's universally understood that anything on…
We talked with Dave Barry about barking at trash haulers, the improbability of cat parks, dogs in space and, of course, Lucy.
A late 19th-century newspaper promoted Minneapolis by depicting it with fanciful buildings.
We were warned that this summer would be cooler and wetter. But then the thunderstorms come, and everything's forgiven.
No one in the past 50 years or so has likely wished you that, but that's something you would have heard a lot back in the day. Here's why.
It's not all it's cracked up to be.
For a few years, my dad ran a fireworks stand. This was North Dakota in the '60s, so you can imagine we had the good…
This being a newspaper, there should be a newsy reason I bring the following to your attention. And there is. Trust me!Granted, my definition of…
Here are some foods you that didn't make the fair's annual list of new foods we'll soon sample.
The grand staircase is disappearing from our skyscrapers and large civic buildings.
This might seem like a meaningful discussion of the nature of life, but it's really a metaphor for forgetting your bike lock combination.No, wait. That's…
What's up? The sky! (Child rolls eyes.)
There are no insects outdoors in the wintertime. No leaping snow spiders, no white ants, no mosquitoes capable of drilling through a parka like a…
Probing the mysteries of the garden wire.
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It's the time of year when kids come home from college and stay in the frozen museum you made of their old room. Child: "Gosh,…
Meet the skyway's Lazarus of Leather.
Caffeine boost for the vitally important, or burn hazard for others?
It's a term worth stealing