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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
healthy living

Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

Magazine / society
Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
baby you

“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
A new project presented by Przekrój Foundation

Reading / society
Imagine an infant sleeping soundly while floating in the air, just above our heads. How would you feel on seeing this peaceful sight? Przekrój Foundation will make this vision come true at Zomer Van Antwerpen (Summer of Antwerp Festival)!

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The Intentional Life
healthy living

The Intentional Life
How to Cultivate Intentions

Magazine / society
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions. Maria Hawranek

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Dream Travellers
healthy living

Dream Travellers
An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming

Magazine / science
Lucid dreaming describes the act of becoming aware that we are dreaming while asleep. How can we practice it and what are its benefits? Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead ♫

Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead ♫

Media / Audio
Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Original publication by Ewa Pawlik. Read by Annie Krasińska.
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Metaphors of Nature

Metaphors of Nature
Towards a Trans-Species Understanding

Magazine / science
If only we humans would stop for a moment and observe the world around us, we might discover that there are other modes of cognition, just as fascinating as ours. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Baby You
Artwork / Illustrations
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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous victory over the footballing stars of Central Europe, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski

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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski
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A Neolithic Superfood

A Neolithic Superfood
On Millet

Magazine / society
Millet is rich in antioxidants, high in protein, and versatile in form. What’s more, humans have been eating it for thousands of years. Dominika Bok
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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
Kurzgesagt

The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage

Media / Video
A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.
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Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?

Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?
The Charm of Raymond Peynet’s ‘Lovers’

Magazine / culture
A Polish artist and graphic designer reflects on his connection with Raymond Peynet’s illustrated ‘lovers’, whose naive simplicity shaped his own vision of love. Maurycy Gomulicki
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Culinary Kindness

Culinary Kindness
A Silver Lining in Difficult Times

Magazine / society
Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen. Monika Kucia

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The Dormant Beast

The Dormant Beast
The Volcanoes of Naples

Reading / science
Beneath the Phlegraean Fields near Naples there’s a giant lake of liquid magma bubbling away. The entire area includes 24 craters and volcanic cones. An eruption could occur within the next few years. Maciej Hen
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

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Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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What Comes After Growth?
Mind the climate

What Comes After Growth?
An Interview about Food Sovereignty and Cooperativism

Magazine / society
Wojciech Mejor – a leading figure in the Polish post-growth movement – talks about food sovereignty, food cooperativism and alternatives to capitalism. Katarzyna  Michalczak
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe. Michał Brennek

PRZEKRÓJ’S 77TH BIRTHDAY

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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren
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A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

Media / Video
We invite you to watch an animation about Janina Ipohorska, one of the post-war pioneers of “Przekrój”, who for years was the deputy of editor-in-chief Marian Eile. The video was created for the occasion of our 75th birthday. Enjoy!
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A National Asana

A National Asana
Yoga Branches Across Poland

Magazine / society
Back in the early 1980s, “Przekrój” was already instructing our younger readers on the yogic tree pose. But the history of yoga in Poland dates way back to the early 20th century with one Wincenty Lutosławski. Ewa Pawlik

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
healthy living

Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

Magazine / society
Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska
Czytaj
healthy living

Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

Reading / society
Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok
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Garden Greens
healthy living

Garden Greens
Five Healthy Spring Leaves

Magazine / society
Spring is the perfect time to pick the leaves of nettle, starwort, dandelion, common yarrow and sheep’s sorrel. Jakub Bas
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Beehive Medicine

Beehive Medicine
The Benefits of Apitherapy

Magazine / society
Bees produce honey, wax, pollen and propolis, among others. Apitherapy shows us how to use these products to enrich our own health and wellbeing. Dominika Bok