Recent content from James Lileks
Inflation comes to the Halloween candy aisle.
Sometimes you're happy and bereft on the same day.
MnDOT recently announced it is retiring all the deer crossing warning signs because no one paid any attention to them.
Didn't we just do this?
Baby boomers fondly remember the traveling libraries.
There it is again.
Some observations about Minnesota roads.
The trouble with giveaway tweets.
Flashback to the State Fair of 1922.
Can you call up the North American Numbering Plan Administration, or NANPA, with any numbering questions?
Seven suggestions for improvement.
The fairgrounds offer an eclectic mix of architecture, walkability and storefronts.
A national ranking of states finds Minnesota is the 17th nerdiest.
Could it possibly be 09 2031 already?
In praise of the gratis yardstick.
The evidence is clear.
We went in search of "Inner Search."
Having multiple weather apps increases the odds that one of the forecasts might be right.
Why can't they be like us?
Professional shoplifting gangs are boosting canned meat.
Our columnist can't imagine spending $5,000 to see Bruce Springsteen, particularly if binoculars are involved.
There will be people who starve themselves and head out with a map to try everything, but some of us stick to what we did in the past.
For too long, Minnesotans have remained ignorant when it comes to their neighbors to the west.
What does the rainbow taste like?
The usual summer plague hasn't stung us yet in the Twin Cities area.
Target is now selling candles that smell like breakfast cereals.
Admit it: Weather drama is exciting.
The criminal who stole my credit card number must be passing it around. Every few days, I get an alert on my phone because someone…
Why should we be concerned about the lawns? They obviously don't care about us.
The forgotten life of a long-empty parking lot.
On the night of June 22, we had the first example of the seasonal puzzler: Fireworks or gunfire?The dog didn't bother with the distinction. His…
Air-conditioning and "miraculous fluorescent lighting" were among the features touted by the store.
Perhaps you were surprised to learn that Bloomington still is in the running for the 2027 World's Fair. I'd forgotten all about that bid, but…
It's hard to keep your cool in a hot spell.
Let me tell you, Queen and all your minions, you have to go.
Tips from another time.
The search engine released a state-by-state list of words residents don't know how to spell.
Your iron has sent you a notification.
The last Howard Johnson's restaurant has closed.
When the new theaters don't deliver.
Irish Female and Lady Car Voice aren't nearly as helpful as they should be.
Review: It's big and it's blue, but it's no threat to the IDS.
Could hot sauce orders really be tops in the nation?
Monkeypox is on the loose.
You think you know what to do, and then the airport changes it up.
It's the only way to be safe.
Two weeks ago, I asked for help with an answer to this question: When did the top of the Milwaukee Road Depot tower disappear?The…
The yearly struggle begins.
Ads on social media may have sunk to a new, potty-mouthed low.
Moms have changed in the past few generations. I don't mean the way they act or fuss or worry or care, but the way they…
Given the choice between a robot programmed to pretend to be interested in me and an overworked, underpaid human with their own set of problems pretending to be interested in me, what's better?
How long has the cupola been gone? And what happened to it?
The other day our dog's off-leash park tag arrived. For an annual fee of $38, you can be assured you will not be stopped by…
New lows in culinary manners.
It's time to consider letting the self-checkout assistants work from home.
Offers are too good to be true.
If it looks like January, it'll be the fault of everyone who decided it was safe to put away the snowblower.
What actually happened at Cancun airport?
There was a time when billboards were fun, bright, vivacious and artistic.
No one wants to hear about COVID booster eligibility in the middle of the night.
As Shakespeare put it, the fault, Horatio, lies not in the stars but in us, and our reluctance to consult Google Maps when making a reservation.
A local artist brought life the Nicollet Hotel ballroom during a 1940s remodel.
The phone buzzed at 12:43 a.m. with a notice: CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION.OK. You have my attention, whoever you are; do tell. According to the words…
Or at least stop being silly.
. . . is better than none
Wheaties smugglers make big bucks!
Minnesota drinks more on St. Patrick's Day than 48 other states, according to a study. Wisconsin is No. 13.
While there weren't supersized hot tubs or smart window blinds, there were plenty of innovations 100 years ago.
Wishing Ukraine many years.
Members Only jackets are back, but only for the young.
The longer it stays, the more graffiti appears.
I'm trying to reach you about (click).
What's the real name for today? No, not that.
But just say "no thanks" to Hank.
The ultimate Valentine's Day gift?