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Who else fibs about buying that cheese later?
A brief history of 8th and Hennepin told through old-school photographs.
Vintage photos show the corner of 6th and Nicollet in all its old-school glory.
FIREWORK OREOS, said the package. It was red, white and blue, because it's ... May. The package also bragged that this was a "Limited Edition,"…
The most important step in outdoor cooking is faking your gas canister IQ.
Clocks on city halls, banks and stores once tolled the hours in public. Now time has become strictly personal.
We dream of figuring out a way to get the networks for nothing. It's possible, but it's a pain.
Sure, cards and candy are nice, but they only go so far.
Sometimes a package says "New look! Same great taste!" because people would start to hyperventilate if they saw a different typeface, and think "They've added…
Before apartment buildings sprang up by the hundreds, there was a different kind of multifamily housing.
Talking to plants doesn't work. But maybe threats will.
For the record: Writing by hand is making a resurgence.
I recently got on a plane, and then got off. Unlike some people, it was voluntary. There were no dramatic events, no viral video opportunities;…
Why do we detest something that's so useful? Sorry, can't hear you.
Spring brings an irrational desire I have fought for years: I want a concussion. No, sorry, I meant: I want to buy a moped.For some…
It's never too early to panic about camp.
Almost everything in this picture — the trolleys, the busy streets, the bright signs — are urban staples we'd love to see again. Take a look.
Can you believe that United Airlines flight attendant slapped a baby and then set off the smoke detector when she burned a crucifix? Bad PR…
Rev up the lawn mower? Not quite yet.
For years, the key to weight loss has been obvious and simple: Eat less and move around more. Run 12 miles each day while licking…
It's our annual account of road repair projects you might not have heard about.
New research suggests we put away the running shoes and turn on the faucet.
Piles of old photos cut loose from albums reveal American photographic history.
Why would you want to get groceries online? There's something about going to the store and squeezing those bananas to make sure they're fresh or…
Peel and stick license tabs are so 20th-century. Siri, get me new tabs for my car.
There's no pirate booty hidden below the parking lots of Minneapolis and St. Paul. But for urban archaeologists, there's treasure just the same.
"New tech support bots will be frighteningly lifelike," said the headline on the internet the other day. It's not an exact quote, but you get…
A few weeks of hope before the struggles begin?
I could have anticipated the Great Glue Crisis of 2017 if I’d read everything on BuzzFeed. But I can’t. Dumb ’n’ Young is not my…
How do you get to U.S. Bank Stadium? Practice these answers.
So you open all the boxes and containers, roll up your sleeves and prepare to make actual food.
It's one of two Sundays a year when we're reminded that the kitchen has more clocks than necessary.
We all know about the hard-hats, draftsmen and architects. But is there someone else indispensable to the skyscraper-building process? Of course. The Sidewalk Superintendents.
All of a sudden, the Seasonal Department at Target is full of hope and promise: Seeds! Spades! Lawn furniture! Your heart sings when you see…
Predictions about Sunday liquor sales were more accurate than we thought.
More than just lights and noise: the persistent percussive pleasures of pinball.
There’s a ceremony for the Lesser Oscars, and you rarely hear about these unsung winners because they’re not good-looking enough. But they deserve some respect,…
He tries to abstain but still ends up in the thick of things with Thin Mints.
It's Presidents' Day, and you didn't get your partner anything, did you? It's not too late to go to the drugstore for a milk-chocolate Polk,…
Wouldn't it be nice if there were an app for the Twin Cities' skyways? There is. In fact, there are several. Let's see how they work.
MnDOT has announced it's interested in self-driving buses. This is not exactly a vote of confidence for the drivers they have now.
Because the internet demands lists and manufactured controversy, herewith is a ration of both: Valentine's Day Should Be Abolished, and You're Doing It Wrong, Anyway.1.…
"The main reason I joined the Lions was to give back to the community."
Why no pictures? There's an explanation for that, too.
Two major TV manufacturers announced last week that they’ve stopped making 3-D TVs. You ask: There were 3-D TVs? Sure. But sales were scant; content…
It's time for the annual debate about whether you should turn off your Christmas lights. The answer is "yes."
Taco Bell is the healthiest fast food, according to something I read on the internet. Or maybe it was something I wrote on the internet.…
We don't need ice castles. We prefer our water thawed.
The old Mall of America theaters closed, making some wonder what was coming next. A Hooters the size of Belgium, with go-karts and paintball? Snowmobile…
Magney and Tusler was founded 100 years ago, and its buildings define Minneapolis: the old MacPhail, Calhoun Beach Club, the Minneapolis Woman's Club and many more.
Arguing over buying booze on Sunday has become a legislative custom.
At the Consumer Electronic Show this year, there were the usual gadgets, including Smart Fridges. You can push a button on the screen and the…
Downtown Macy's is closing. Some eulogies will call it the end of an era, which it is. But how did we get here?
We have nostalgia for something that we liked more than it liked us.
It's winter! Time to slip and break your shin.
"The checkbook is almost out of checks," my wife said. "Do we have any more?""Yes," I said, "This is the year 1997! We always have…
Broken your resolutions yet? Good. You're human. There's something about breaking a resolution that makes you accept your fallen nature. Perfection is not our lot.…
Some say Lake Calhoun, right on the edge of the bustling Uptown area, is good spot for a high rise.
Take heed. Many things will happen. Other things will happen, as well.
The tide has been turned! Victory is ours! Winter is on the way out. Oh, you say, this must be that fake news everyone's talking…
We've been enjoying Christmas music, but by Monday, all bets are off.
How's your CHMIQ (classic holiday movie IQ)? Test it with this quiz.
A flier from Amazon for $10 off a delivered restaurant meal didn't pan out as expected.
Winter survival kit should include gravel, flashlight and plane tickets out of here.
A building doesn't have to be great to be missed. That's why it's time to lament less notable buildings in Minneapolis history.
Well, let's see what's in the holiday mailbox.
"Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs" from the influential urbanist has lessons for us today.
Every year when I set up the outdoor Christmas decorations, I think I'll break down and go LED, but every year I get the same…
Decades before Google Maps, plat maps displayed a wealth of information with hand-drawn care.
Artificial Christmas trees keep improving, but is that for the best?
A cheapskate focuses on buying glasses online.
Are there any New Yorkers in the room? Can I see some hands? OK, we're going to be talking about pizza here, so you need…
With stores closing on Thanksgiving, we'll be forced to spend time with relatives.
Being a pitchman is a dying art, but that doesn't mean it's dead. Consider, for instance, Fancy Ray McCloney. Nothing he does could possibly be called dead.
You there. With the bolt cutters. You're the worst.
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