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Dime stores offered everything from socks to hamburgers.
Two magic words that help with winter.
The brave new world of unregulated dressing.
But make sure you circle back.
The days in which people can freely test over and over again have passed, for a while.
New survey totals up our sins.
Need an emotional boost as we head into what could be another tough year? Make a resolution you know you can achieve.
How to ruin "West Side Story" for everyone.
Why is there only one?
Existential questions from the grocery store clerk.
Appliance installation produces a range of emotions
The answer might surprise you!
All the things you missed.
The problems with online shopping.
Hello, lonely firs.
News story: A man in Tampa, Fla., hired some pros to put up his Christmas lights on Nov. 6. His homeowners association fined him $1,000…
What's to blame for our dog-doo rating?
It was quite a special day last Wednesday. A sense of tingly, happy anticipation. Almost like Christmas!It was the day our new stove was scheduled…
It's worse than it sounds
Red sauce from the red planet.
Ten dollars, and we'll tell you why you can't get your box.
The dictionary just got a bit fatter by adding a slew of words (that aren't really words).
The five stages of not finding your keys.
A Minnesota town won't stop calling me.
Wisconsin makes a regrettable advance in meat science.
Everything old is new again.
More than 150 exhibits, each an example of a product that cannonballed into the pool and belly-flopped, hard.
I don't like this rerun
Because the gas was leaking
Why glasses should be cheap.
It's all about winners and losers.
Is the fall TV season still a big deal? There are still networks, so there has to be a fall season with exciting new shows.…
Beautiful buildings tend to be the ones that are preserved. Here's why we should save some ugly structures.
The war between man and squirrel has resumed.
Whenever I leave town, a smoke alarm dies, and my wife has to find the one that's making the noise. This time she couldn't. She…
We're really not very good at this.
"Do I smell something burning, or is it the COVID?"We're told that olfactory anomalies are a side effect of COVID, but isn't that loss of…
There's really no need for predictions. We know what winter will be like.
Are you planning a trip to the U.K.? Probably not. I mention the following only so you can tell yourself, "Well, thank heavens I'm staying…
Anything less than 10 years old is considered recent.
Celebrity oversharing must cease.
If you want to alienate people, talk about religion or politics. If you want to have a nice conversation, talk about breakfast cereal and newspaper…
If you're concerned about how your pet will take it when you return to the office, talk to your pet. Here's a sample conversation.
Why you needn't bother switching streaming services.
What's next? Beer recalled for salmonella?
Here are the rules. They're simple — sort of.
A popped-collar building is tucked in Minneapolis' buttoned-down skyline.
OK, I need you to tell me if I was wrong.(Note: I was not. I have never been so right.)Last week we took a trip…
It's now possible to find pants that always fit. And offer no judgment.
The dog's kibble has a nice palette, no doubt chosen to flatter the sensibilities of the human who buy it. Brown, beige, tan — those…
Two- and three-story buildings create character and a more human scale.
Highway construction will end someday. Really.
I should have a "no solicitors" sign, but one of my friends is a British lawyer, and I'd hate for him to drop by, see…
What's the best ice?
I bought a new computer mouse the other day. Ruined it the same day. I blame the pandemic.Problem: My wife's mouse for her work laptop…
Lays giveth and Lays taketh away.
First, the space was turned into an ice rink, and then, in 1956, to celebrate Minneapolis' first 100 years, it was redone as Centennial Park.
If you're heading back to your office in downtown Minneapolis, expect more than you hoped, less than you feared
It's always annoying to get ads on the streaming channels. Aren't I paying you for this already?You are, but not enough. You have the PEON…
Folks pictured helipads and the Borough of St. Paul.
A 1937 book helped kids celebrate their fathers.
Never tell a guy that you're in the market for a new grill, because he will tell you about his baby."I've got the Char-Beast 9000…
Two subjects can be cured with one solution.
Your dog is sick. It's heartbreaking. You think:"If only they could tell us what's wrong!" True, but if we're redesigning the whole dog experience, let's…
A new home network twist — and worry.
Clickbait intro: Target has pulled Pokémon cards from the shelves, and the reason might surprise you!You might think, "It's because Pokémon is over?" Hah. Pokémon…
Scoffers stick to the common responses.
Dog foods are now available in a dizzying array of raw, fresh, even subscription services. Our dog loves plain old kibble.
I cannot stress this enough: Everyone looked ridiculous, except for Farrah Fawcett.
Science-modified mosquitoes? Hmm ...
I want to go to the fair.I don't want to go to the fair."Fascinating," you say in a bored tone; "do let us know how…
Since 1919, Minneapolis Planning Commission has looked to the future.
Another back-to-normal moment — we can worry about scooters again.
I use Wikipedia a lot, and now and then they ask me for money. Now and then I give them money."What?" you say. "You fool!…
Whether it's because of sweet behavior or a crooked smile, dogs can gain millions of followers.