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James Lileks is a Star Tribune columnist. 

Lileks, a Minneapolis resident since 1976: "I've never repeated myself once. I don't like to say I write a 'humor' column, since that's subjective. What might be amusing to me might leave you poker-faced. Let's just say my columns are not intended to be taken seriously." He also writes "Streetscape" pieces, which detail the delights and errors, past and present, of the Twin Cities urban environment. He's the author of four novels, four pop-culture "humor" books on vintage subjects and two collections of columns. "People who like my stuff will probably like lileks.com, and those who don't are probably grateful for the heads-up, and will avoid it," Lileks says.


Lileks: In Minnesota, March Madness refers to weather, not basketball

If it snows, it's normal. If it doesn't, it's normal.


Lileks: On the weary feeling you have to have an opinion on Post Office trucks

If I can be honest, it's time to talk about what's wrong with some of you people, and what's wrong with me. But first we…


Lileks: A double sawbuck to get into a mall?

How we can save shopping malls not named "Rosedale."


Lileks: Who's crying for the Face With Tears of Joy?

I regret to inform you that the Face With Tears of Joy emoji is over. It is not cool anymore. It is actually hated.This is…


Lileks: Another shortage stuns a weary nation

The nation grapples with another shortage.


Lileks: If there's no office, can we dump office jargon?

Every profession has its own particular jargon. In the military, it's cumbersome, technical and oddly evasive: a smoke bomb is a "kinetically deployed obfuscatory visual-hindrance…


Lileks: Why do we say the cold is bitter?

Is there such a thing as a happy, grateful cold?


Lileks: What if a furniture assembly project ...was easy?

Ikea, which is Swedish for "three screws left over," has announced that it no longer will put out a catalog. What's the point of felling…


Eagan man downplays his disability. He just wants to work.

It's not just a matter of money, but a matter of losing one's ability to make a difference.


Lileks: A permanently pressing question: What to get for Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day again? Rinse, repeat.