Recent content from James Lileks
The 1980s blank wall of a building fails to offer what a vital city center needs: connection.
Do people still think of downtown Minneapolis as a holiday-decoration destination?Possibly not. Without a Holidazzle — and I mean the old-style, with the incandescent parade…
Me, January 2023: "Ha-ha, future self, I'm just jamming these Christmas lights in the bin in a big wad, knowing it will take an hour…
The Northwestern National Bank Building, full of tall columns and grand marble, was completely lost.
"Huntington" is not one of them.
The mail brings a sheaf of catalogs every day, and they all fall into one of several categories.
I have finally learned to let go of punctuation while textingYou, on the other hand ... Keeping doing this ... Stop itLet me explain. A…
Wife: "We need bleach." Me, shifting instantly into instinctive hunter-gatherer mode: "I will venture out and secure some bleach." Later, at the store: I am…
We will revisit this in the spring, have the same conversation, and change nothing.
I wish I could visit Beer World. I only know what I see in the ads, but that's where Beer World exists. It is a…
The very name of the sham pillowcase tells you it's a lie.
Growing up with the Wicked Witch of the West.
They're more practical, but lack structure and purpose.
The YWCA sticks out like a sore thumb. But it is an example of a certain style of architecture.
What if just asking works everywhere, and we don't know it because we never think to try?
We have become complacent and stagnant, and a national initiative to regain our confectionary edge is needed, stat.
Arranging them in a row is passé.
The prolific actor, comedian, writer and producer has created the silly and the sublime.
We just need more history.
The relationship between dogs and humans is not about ice cream and TV.
Worse than New Jersey?
Cass Gilbert's original plans called for a European-style plaza leading to an open-air theater, a botanical garden and a small harbor.
Perhaps we'd be a less jangly society if vapid mood music was the norm.
We are at the point in September where we regret, or celebrate, our State Fair impulse purchases. One year I was watching this guy make…
For years, young women were selected to serve as civic champions, winning mink coats and accolades in the process.
Sometimes you see a link to an article headlined "50 things Boomers Did That Are Useless Now," and you cannot resist. You know you will…
I know the technology is amazing, and we take it for granted — but I'm convinced it's broken, and I'm not alone.
How about a giant gopher? We know just where it should go.
Here are six reasons you may not want to go.
75 years of rural design.
We're all acting, a little. Our early years are full of auditions.
The four houses of worship in Northeast have long histories.
Additions abound, but most of us go to the fair to do (and eat) our favorite old things again and again.
You're either a saver or a tosser.
The Titanic wasn't the only sinking ship in the sea.
My seat was behind a railing that cut through the view of the screen.
The honor of our dogs has been sullied, and this cannot be allowed to stand. Or sit, and stay. A survey by Mixbook Photo…
I don't speak Barbie, but I associate the character with some of the happiest, simplest days a dad can have.
Skittles candy is releasing a new flavor: mustard. Why? What sins have we committed to deserve these sadistic confectionary combos? This is the point where…
This might mean new warnings on packages: This product was processed in a facility that contained nuts, granite, milk and marble.
Taco John's has been fighting to hold the copyright to the term "Taco Tuesday," but now they're letting it slip from their tired grasp.…
A video cannot possibly presume all the ways in which you might make a bonehead mistake.
Honestly, we're fine.
Pick a faction.
Don't make me do this.
More than a city of Lakes, Minneapolis is a city of bridges. We have so many that we have spares, like the Third Avenue and…
The answer is "no."
You're going to put someone's eye out!
The amusement park promised carousels, roller coasters and modern luxuries.
In old newspapers, "drought" is often spelled "drowt." It suggests that readers were confused by the proper spelling and thought it should be pronounced "dro-you-ghet?"…
We signed a treaty with birds?
I was unaware my card was capable of astral projection.
It was Father's Day, too many years ago. The best gift possible: Time together and a memory made.
Every sensible person has wondered: What if I am right, and the whole world is mad? What if I see things as they truly are,…
It's like a big TV, except it's strapped to your head and follows you to the bathroom on commercial breaks.
Without opportunities for silent disapproval, we're at risk of losing our ability to be passive-aggressive when it really counts.
There's so much May, and there's never enough.It's one of those jumbo months, 31 days — who could ask for more? All of us. It…
There are others, you know.
News item: Some carmakers are dropping AM radios from their new models because electric cars interfere with the signal. Your reaction: Gosh, what's next to…
Our columnist declares war on the weeds in his lawn.
Our columnists recalled the advice they dispensed to their peers decades ago. Do they stand by their words?
Let's consider our options.
Spring is here, it's ours, and we're going to savor all 17 days of it.
Admire turtles, gargoyles, cherubs and more.
A Craigslist ad went viral the other day, and for good reason: A group of young men wanted to hire a "BBQ Dad" to…
Adventures in the check-out lane come with a moral dilemma.
Anyone keeping track of the precipitous decline of civilizational standards can add this to the list: The other day I received a piece of mail…
It's man-baby vs. baby, man
Add the hospitality tax to high prices and it's downright inhospitable.
On average, no.
That techno-marvel in your hand? It's 50 years old.
What's better: a day filled with irritating human encounters, or one where every transaction has the rote, sterile perfection you get when dealing with a well-programmed machine?
The 1970s "earth-sheltered" building has fans.
Pizza delivery lacks certain ingredients for success.
The most recent survey of the world's nightmares boils them down to two categories: snakes and teeth falling out.