10 May 2007
James Lileks is an engaging and entertaining writer. For those who don’t know his work, he has a great web site with a collection of his work at his site. He has published a couple of books is I favor him for his perspective on mid 20th century culture.
Apparently he also has a job writing for a newspaper in Minnesota.
Like most internet preferring readers, sometimes I don’t get the full story on the authors of what I read. Which is a bit tricky as I might actually find myself agreeing with someone like EJ Dionne, when I know in my heart that they (he? she? I’m not even sure of the gender of Mr/Ms. Dionne!) are actually a reincarnation of Karl Marx’s lost cousin Skid.
However, Lileks is a real, honest to goodness newspaper man!
(I think he’s a man – yep, he’s a man.)
Just like my uncle Bob. Now, my uncle Bob is also a real newspaperman – definitely a man. He lived in the glorious town of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and worked for the Clearwater Sun. He was an avid opponent of Scientology (tune in later for my rant on quack religions, dangerous beliefs and the incredible gullibility of humanity) and still writes a column, a lot apparently!.
He moved from the finest state in the Union to the cold reaches inhabited by on the intrepid, like Boston Maggie, definitely a woman.
Uncle Bob was caught up in the consolidation of print media in the 1980s.
He was one of the guys who made a very positive impact on my life – I even think he’s a democrat.
He’s definitely a Navy man.
But I digress. Back to Lileks.
He has a great column on the impact of the change in his job. One of the worst appears to be no more telecommuting. Not good. I enjoyed hearing about his adventures with his daughter and, personally, I would rather field questions from my boys face to face and deal with the corporate world from the safety of my own domain.
If you don’t read his work, peruse his site. If you do, then keep it up and go read some of my Uncle Bob’s stuff!
Criminy, you don’t want to fill your hours reading the same old thing, do you?