This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Posts about Books

"You Can Call Me Books!"

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: January 11, 2010 - 3:34 PM

 Meant to post this Friday to go with the column. As we wave a slow farewell to the B. Dalton brand, let us remember "Books" Dalton, the regrettable ad campaign they ran in the 80s. It' s a very 80s ad. 



If we could call him "Books," what was his real name?  Barney? Balthazar? Beauregard? I'm hoping it was BORIS. and he was really a Soviet agent, come to study our advanced methods of page-a-day calendar construction, which would later be used as a template for Russian bathroom tissue design. (The use of "rolls" was deemed "bourgeoise" by the 5th World Congress of the Communist International.)

The spy modeled his appearance after watching George F. Will on television, and expected he would blend in. 

"The Lost Symbol," solved

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 16, 2009 - 12:02 PM

 This is a test, in a way - trying to find out if non-strib-hosted vids will show up here. You get to be the hapless guinea pigs  valued beta-testers!

It's just a little stupid thing that resulted from going to a bookstore to talk to people about the new Dan Brown book, and not being allowed to talk to anyone. As if there was some ancient conspiracy. 




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