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Who is James Lileks, and What Does He Want?
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Posted on 03/08/2013 9:51:36 AM PST by Psalm 73

Last year National Review magazine started running a piece by James Lileks in every issue. I am ashamed to say I had never heard of him, although his humor is quite good (better than P J O'Rourke even). And he is, of course, a conservative.

Anybody familiar with his work?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor
KEYWORDS: lileks
Conservative humor. Refreshing, alive.
Rob Long, Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, Jonah Goldberg. Dennis Miller.
Who do the Libs have? Joy Behar, Whoopi Golberg? Puleeze!
1 posted on 03/08/2013 9:51:36 AM PST by Psalm 73
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To: Psalm 73

James is from my home town, Fargo, ND. His sister was a good friend of my daughter. He currently lives in Mpls. and writes for different newspapers, including the Mpls Star and Sickle.
He is very humorous, has written a couple of books and has published on his website pictures of Fargo as he was growing up with comments. Nice guy, quick witted, sarcastic humor also.


2 posted on 03/08/2013 9:55:16 AM PST by Redrivergal
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To: Psalm 73

Yes.
Lost track of his site and writings a few years ago, but he’s got quite the wit and really knows his stuff.

He’s exceptionally good on his “vintage comic book cover” commentary.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 9:57:54 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Psalm 73

Lileks is easily one of the most talented voices on the right. He is arguably our premier cultural humorist, i.e. kind of a Garrison Keilor that doesn’t hate America. A huge difference is that Lileks is much more pop culture focused, especially on the period from the 30’s to the 70’s. He’s really a fine pop culture historian, including the whole gamut from music to movies to cars to fashion. I’d argue he’s an authority on American advertising in that same time period. If you’re willing to pay the fee... under four bucks a month... to join Ricochet (the website founded by National Review alums Peter Robinson and Rob Long), you get access to the podcasts. Lileks runs and is one of the hosts of the main Ricochet podcast every week. You can also go to his own website at Lileks.com.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 9:58:40 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: Psalm 73

He appears often on the Hugh Hewitt radio show.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 9:59:22 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: Psalm 73

By the way, Lileks was such a presence on art and culture in the 90’s... when he really broke big on the web... that he had a huge following among liberals. He really kept his politics to himself before 9/11, but after that day, he made it clear that he was pro-American and politically right leaning, and he paid a big price for it. Ask him about his loads of liberal hate mail post- 9/11. I really think this guy would have had his own TV show by now if he had hid his political ideas.


6 posted on 03/08/2013 10:01:47 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: Psalm 73
His "Gallery of Regrettable Food" is a priceless, all-time classic. Check out his web site Lileks.com.
7 posted on 03/08/2013 10:01:59 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Psalm 73
His blog: http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/13/0313/030713.html

:)

8 posted on 03/08/2013 10:03:21 AM PST by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: Psalm 73

He had a radio show for a short while here in the Twin Cities on am1500. Pretty entertaining.


9 posted on 03/08/2013 10:04:58 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Redrivergal
Thanks for the info and background.
His coumn in NR is always the 1st thing I read (before Mark Steyn even).
Had never heard of him before last year - good to know he's quite well-known among Freepers (have I been living under a rock?)
10 posted on 03/08/2013 10:15:01 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

This still cracks me up, and I’ve read the whole thing about five times. One of the funniest things on the internet, IMO.

http://www.lileks.com/institute/motel/index.html

It’s about the Gobbler — the grooviest motel in Wisconsin.

Imagine the pitch to the investors:

“It’s going to be a futuristic, state-of-the-art motel with every modern convenience from water beds to 8-tracks. The entire dining area will be covered in deep-pile pink and purple carpet. But wait - here’s the best part. It will look like an abstract sculpture of a giant turkey. We’ll bill it as a romantic getaway - and call it The Gobbler!”


11 posted on 03/08/2013 10:19:04 AM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Psalm 73
Here's his site:

http://www.lileks.com/

12 posted on 03/08/2013 10:26:03 AM PST by Salman
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To: Psalm 73
I can tell you this much: his old "Gallery of Regrettable Food" was a hilarious (and generally spot-on) look at a part of the 1950s and '60s that doesn't make me wax nostalgic. Like a Sputnik-era supper in a small Iowa town's Lutheran church basement, you'll find a lot of things to eat, but you won't find much that tastes good.

Lileks even managed to dig up a recipe - I almost want to say "THE" recipe - that my grandmother would inflict on us during the holidays. Brr-r-r-r!

Mr. niteowl77

13 posted on 03/08/2013 10:34:31 AM PST by niteowl77 (Oh, crap.)
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To: BigBobber

I suggest everyone check out Richocet.com too
Have some great free podcasts and thoughtful discussions.


14 posted on 03/08/2013 10:35:58 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Psalm 73

I’ve read him for years. His blog is called “The Bleat.” Very intelligent guy, quirky, quite funny.


15 posted on 03/08/2013 10:39:18 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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Hey, thanks for introducing me to this guy’s site.

He is quite funny and I collect old advertisements and printed images so the web site is pretty interesting.


16 posted on 03/08/2013 10:40:25 AM PST by warsaw44
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To: niteowl77

“Lileks even managed to dig up a recipe - I almost want to say “THE” recipe - that my grandmother would inflict on us during the holidays. “

Do tell! What was it?


17 posted on 03/08/2013 10:40:49 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MissTed

You could get lost on his website, Lileks.com, for DAYS. Virtually endless amounts of cool stuff on there.


18 posted on 03/08/2013 10:59:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yeah, it brings back good memories. :)


19 posted on 03/08/2013 11:00:21 AM PST by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: Persevero
Jell-o with embedded bits of shredded cabbage and carrots. I hated it, dad hated it, mother merely tolerated it and my sister found it incomprehensible if not necessarily indigestible. I had talked about this bit of family dining history over the years - wondering who came up with it, etc - and then Mr. Lileks goes and digs up the original ad/recipe. Acid (reflux) flashback!

To be sure, the "Jell-o thing" was actually quite benign compared to the other stuff seen in "The Gallery of Regrettable Food," but since I had to suffer through it at least once a year from toddlerhood through high school, it loomed large. Most of the other foods he scared up for the gallery would have been even more repellent to me, and a great many of them would likely gag a goat.

(If the goat had any self-respect.)

Mr. niteowl77

20 posted on 03/08/2013 11:08:30 AM PST by niteowl77 (Oh, crap.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
His "Gallery of Regrettable Food" is a priceless, all-time classic. Check out his web site Lileks.com.

http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/meat/4.html

WARNING! The carrots here are not to be eaten. Your manly meat-a-rifficness will diminish if you eat the carrots. Vegetables are for commies.

Did people every actually eat some of those recipes?

21 posted on 03/08/2013 11:13:23 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Psalm 73; generalissimoduane

He is one of Hugh Hewitt’s personal circle of associates.


22 posted on 03/08/2013 11:38:17 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

That was just amazing. Man, so much shag carpet in one place...


23 posted on 03/08/2013 11:48:27 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Psalm 73

He used to be on Hugh Hewitt;s show at least once a week, and he is the QUICKEST and FUNNIEST THINKER I’ve ever heard!!! I miss hearing him since I can;t listen to Hughie anymore!


24 posted on 03/09/2013 4:32:49 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Psalm 73
He's a regular on Hugh Hewitt's radio program. He's from Minnesocold. He's pretty funny.

He wrote a book called Interior Desecrations.

Interior Desecrations

I think he wrote a food one too.

Yep, here it is...The Gallery of Regrettable Food. :)

Gallery of Regrettable Foods

This one looks good:


25 posted on 03/09/2013 5:17:18 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Thank you Mrs. Cleaver. And might I add you look quite stunning today.....saaay - isn’t that Mr. Lilek’s car parked around back?.....


26 posted on 03/09/2013 5:27:25 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

LOL!!

Thank you Eddie...you devil. ;)


27 posted on 03/09/2013 5:36:13 AM PST by beaversmom
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