Love Me Despite a ridiculous scene with The New Yorker's famously stuffy ex-editor William Shawn running away to a Topanga Canyon love nest with Joni Mitchell, this… Love Me Despite a ridiculous scene with The New Yorker's famously stuffy ex-editor William Shawn running away to a Topanga Canyon love nest with Joni Mitchell, this… 2003-08-18 Fiction
Book Review

Love Me (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 18, 2003; Writer: Garrison Keillor; Genre: Fiction

Despite a ridiculous scene with The New Yorker's famously stuffy ex-editor William Shawn running away to a Topanga Canyon love nest with Joni Mitchell, this is no geriatric Devil Wears Prada-style tell-all. Keillor, a New Yorker vet, is just goofing on old friends for one half of this comedy about a blocked writer for the magazine. But it's the other half -- an understated, beautiful reverie on being married and alive in St. Paul -- that carries the same disarming payoff as Keillor's best NPR work, albeit with friskier revelations: ''Doggone it, maybe we men are right about sex not being the answer; sex is the question, yes is the answer, and it blows away a ream of troubles, especially when it's your old beloved.''

Originally posted Aug 22, 2003 Published in issue #724-725 Aug 22, 2003 Order article reprints