In his introduction to We Are Still Married, Garrison Keillor gives as a reason for the book: a need to show his audience that he did not become lazy when he quit his radio show and moved to Denmark. Although the seventy-six pieces collected here originally appeared in a variety of publications, sometimes under different titles or slightly altered, most were first published in the New Yorker. Some are signed contributions while twenty-one appeared in one of the regular columns.
Keillor has always considered himself a writer, not a radio personality, and he admits that it was difficult doing the radio show all those years. By the time this book came out, he was working again at the New Yorker and rejoicing “to be back among paper” (xvi). Even so, some of the stories and poems had their genesis on A Prairie Home Companion, his radio show.
The book is divided into five sections. On first glance, the reader assumes the pieces are grouped according to genre. “House Poems” is a collection of poetry and “Stories” does indeed contain stories. “Letters,” however, contains nothing in letter format while “The Lake” is organized around the subject of Lake Wobegon and does have letters.
Nonetheless, organization is irrelevant to appreciation of the volume. Keillor’s wit takes all forms here, and in this collection one can find something for every taste.