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Memories aren't grounded.
There was a raccoon the size of a beer keg up in the tree. Wise to the ways of nature as I am, I figured…
Plans to repurpose the downtown Minneapolis post office go against what the building was designed to do.
You could claim MNLARS is the problem, but what is the problem with MNLARS?
When you see "SKIP AD" on YouTube, you usually click because you're impatient for free entertainment and are prone to think: "Tough luck, suckers trying…
You've outstayed your welcome. Just go, already.
Newly recognized 'Simpsons' word is a really big deal
Sure, it's slower; that's the whole point.
We eat Juicy Lucys? Oh, snap.
I had a Keurig coffee machine, and it broke. I replaced with a Hamilton Beach machine that used K-Cups, and it made coffee that tasted…
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, the bumper sticker said, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE. Or perhaps it was: IF YOE CAN FEEB THIS YOU'RE LOO CLOZ3. I…
Irish pubs played a part in making bars less secretive and warmer, welcoming and connected.
We fix bad asphalt with more asphalt that goes bad.
Alexa, please don't hurt me.
The cad dared to hurt a model Minnesotan. It's time to get passive-aggressive.
Do I know you?
According to this fine newspaper, there's a new company in town that will bring gas to your house and fill up your car. While I…
We know that Iowa can't hold a candle to us.
Father knows best? Ha!
Of all the great moral questions that divide our age, the subject I'm about to raise is one of the least important. But it reveals…
White Castle and others were kitschy and a loud rebuke to the serious architecture of the day. And that's what made them great.
The Snyders Drug Stores headquarters in downtown Minneapolis lost a floor but gained prestige.
What if your lip balm runs out before winter does?
Google Chrome has announced that it will be rolling out an ad blocker upgrade. Let me go on the record with a qualified hoorah. (By…
Of course you want some. You can't stop yourself. They are ridiculously delicious. And they appear at the worst time of the year: It has been cold forever, and the Minnesota mood is akin to a Napoleonic soldier retreating from Moscow.
Philly, we're not mad. We're disappointed.
When some schools started to discourage Valentine’s Day card exchanges, boomer parents scoffed. “Nonsense! When I was a kid, we were forced by social convention…
The story behind Westgate Theater, a movie house for what was once the streetcar suburb of Morningside.
Petcams allow you to check on your dog or cat — and maybe catch it at some hijinks.
As they follow development trends, well designed stadiums can propel growth.
This might be the worst time of the year to buy a car. The promotions are over, and your shiny, fresh vehicle will be besmirched…
We're about to be judged by people who thought Mindianapolis was in Indiana or something, until they got off the plane.
In a way, it now seems odd that there actually is going to be a Super Bowl here. We lost, and now we have to…
The simple joys of pushing your neighbors around.
It is not unusual for someone to send free popcorn to a newspaper office. If they've got some new flavor — gin and salt! Chlorophyll…
Ritual and routine are the keys to victory!
Shelp yourself to a nap
Readers offer their practical and fanciful suggestions on how to gussy up the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl.
Diet Coke has announced its new flavors. They are: Frog Sweat Zesty Plasma Virginia Ham Perverted Guava Well, no. The actual names are Ginger Lime,…
Surveys allow Minnesotans to say what they really (sort of) think.
Business meets leisure. Or is it the other way around?
We got an Instant Pot for Christmas, since everyone has to have an Instant Pot. What is it? Why, it's a slow cooker.
Do you have any thoughts to help us impress the world?
Your memory is tested when the car dies on a freeway.
Definition: The absence of tobacco use (Merriam-Webster online). Sample usage: “I’m living up to my resolution. I’ve been smober since Jan. 1st. Well,…
We like to think the cold makes us tough.
New developments in downtown Minneapolis — and there were plenty of them — were largely good. Or at least good enough.
It’s the first of the year, which means you have about 18 hours to feel virtuous about your resolutions. Everything seems possible, no? New year,…
We're getting yamped up.
If the "Yes, Virginia" column ran today, it would have online comments.
Enjoying the holidays with Birch while missing Jasper.
British word for suffering from heat.
But we're stuck with it, because it's ours.
The Christmas cards are going out late this year, because I didn’t plan ahead. I was going to take a picture of Daughter and the…
Our winner is a loser
A brief history of attempts to build the perfect city.
Just because it’s a tradition doesn’t mean you have to do it again, you know. We have some tree ornaments I don’t really like, but…
Warm climes produce nicer people, a study says. Fine, if you like that kind of thing.
All in the family
We should be nostalgic for the festive downtowns of the 1950s, not something out of a Dickens novel.
Every family has its own traditions for the holidays, and outsiders might find them strange. “We’ve knitted the annual sweater for the radiator — time…
It's time for the annual act of brightening the nights.
Imagine if you could combine politics, religion, sports, world history and zoology into one thing: it would be Pokémon.
Judging from the news, the state's licensing system has had some kinks. Here's what happened at the service center.
Like many households, we have a division of labor for Thanksgiving duties. I put the leaf in the table; my wife roasts the turkey. So…
How Minnesotan is this?
Are you picture-perfect?
Step back in time to see a famous Minneapolis street corner that looks nothing like today.
Emojis are poor substitutes for words, but they are fast becoming our visual vocabulary.
Flurries were forecast the other day, and we all had the same question: Will they accumulate? We can take a few flakes, but when they…
NONFICTION: Cartoonist Chris Ware's "Monograph" is a collection of works without parallel in modern storytelling and graphic design.
It's time to get in the mood for turkey.
Do you have tradigital skills?
Minneapolis has a checkered history with shopping arcades. Will the new Dayton's be any different?
It’s cold-and-flu season, so here are some answers to questions everyone has. Q: How do I avoid getting the flu? A: Get a…
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