The Big Issue : Edition 557
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 9–22 MAR 2018 25 LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF » KARL KRUSZELNICKI frogs poison themselves, how you should behave when giving people bad news, the latest on champagne bubbles, why chocolate is so good, why do fingers grip so well, flesh-eating bacteria... And that’s just stuff from one day. I do get to a stage where I can’t brain anymore, so I go and watch The Bachelorette or Jane the Virgin. Iwas32whenImet Mary, but we didn’t get married until 2006. When I rang up Mary to propose I was in an emergency in the Himalayas injecting opiates into this young woman. The woman nearly died, and it scared me. I thought, if she could die, I could die and here I am not married – I love Mary to pieces, I love everyone to pieces, let’s get married. We deliberately got married on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so that the sun would not set on Norway, and it would not set on our marriage. Life is just about perfect, I think. I’ve made mistakes along the way, but without mistakes you don’t make anything. I’ve worked hard, but I’m very lucky. Luck counts for a lot. Most people don’t realise when they’ve got enough, and they keep on working to get more and more and they miss out on other things like family and friends. I’ve got enough. We’ve got two cars and I’ve got a bicycle and we own our own house. Mate, bloody set! interview by Katherine Smyrk (@KSmyrk), Deputy Editor » Dr Karl’s book, Karl, the Universe and Everything, is out now. Mary makes my shirts. They’re cotton, with two pockets – not one. Why should women have all the fun wearing bright clothes? RIGHT DR KARL NOW... FAR RIGHT...AND IN 1968 PHOTOSBY(RIGHT)MELKOUTCHAVLISAND(FARRIGHT)LUDWIKKRUSZELNICKI Mary makes my shirts. They’re cotton, with two pockets – not one. Why should women have all the fun wearing bright clothes?