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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
An Arboreal Image

Magazine / culture
From ancient history to the Middle Ages and beyond, the image of the tree of life has held great symbolism and significance for many cultures. Anna Arno

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Let It Flow!

Let It Flow!
How to Manage Water Use

Magazine / society
Managing our water use is one of the most important steps we can take in influencing the local microclimate and living ecologically. Łukasz Nowacki
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Jaki mamy budżet? – ‘Where’s the Money?’

Jaki mamy budżet? – ‘Where’s the Money?’

Media / Photo
The state of limited production resources has so deeply shaped our consciousness that virtually any conversation about money is extremely awkward. Ada Zielińska uses her position as an artist adept at navigating the field of art to critically scrutinize the system and its conditions while at the same time empathizing with her co-participants.
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Hello, Christiansø?

Hello, Christiansø?
Life on the Ertholmene Archipelago

Magazine / society
Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Ewa Pawlik

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The Polish Road to Motorization
Stanisław Lem

The Polish Road to Motorization

Reading / culture
In 1957, future sci-fi legend Stanisław Lem wrote for “Przekrój” about the role of cars and motorization in Polish society – and how it differed from the West. Stanisław Lem
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski

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The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

Reading / society
The Karaites are Poland’s smallest ethnic minority. What do we know about their history? And what does their future hold? Agnieszka Rostkowska
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A Springtime Pine

A Springtime Pine
On an Evergreen Beauty

Magazine / society
The pine – found in forests, mountains and on shores across much of the northern hemisphere – is a most wonderful tree, evergreen and richly aromatic. Dominika Bok
Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

Read

The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
Read
Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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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
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A Rubbish Island
Mind the climate

A Rubbish Island
The Problem of Microplastics

Magazine / society
Microplastics are almost imperceptible to the human eye. Yet their impact on the environment is shocking – as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Piotr Żelazny
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Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816
Mind the climate

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

Magazine / society
It is two hundred years since “The Year Without a Summer”, when a sun-obscuring ash cloud – ejected from one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history – caused temperatures to plummet the world over. Gillen D’Arcy Wood
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Ally Girls
Mind the climate

Ally Girls
Young Indigenous Environmental Activism

Magazine / society
Three teenage girls from the Indigenous communities of the Americas are raising environmental awareness all around the world. Aleksandra Lipczak

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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Backwards
healthy living

Backwards
A New Direction in Walking

Magazine / society
Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease. Sylwia Niemczyk
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A Tart but Tasty Delight
healthy living

A Tart but Tasty Delight
A Recipe for Currant Ice Cream

Magazine / society
Currants – in their red and black varieties – may be tart, but are full of flavour and nutrition. They also make the perfect partner for summer ice cream. Michał Korkosz
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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
healthy living

A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
How to Make Pierogi with Mint

Magazine / society
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi). Łukasz Łuczaj
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka