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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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Go Ahead and Play!

Go Ahead and Play!
The Benefits of a Playful Childhood

Magazine / science
Early childhood is one of the most fundamental phases of cognitive and psychological development. In fact, play has a vital role in developing healthy social and emotional processes. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

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Waiting for the Snow

Waiting for the Snow

Media / Photo
“Waiting for the Snow” (“Czekając na śnieg”) is a photographic project presenting the curious phenomenon of Polish migration to South American countries during the 19th-century partitions and the interwar period.
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There Is No One Truth

There Is No One Truth
An Interview with Andreas Hoessli

Reading / culture
Swiss journalist and filmmaker Andreas Hoessli talks about the connection between the Iranian Revolution and Poland’s Solidarity movement, how we represent history, and his new film “The Naked King”. Dariusz Kuźma

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Professor Filutek, part 22

Professor Filutek, part 22

Media / Video
High diving – a Filutek’s technique.

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A Holiday Attraction

A Holiday Attraction
Zombification in Haiti

Magazine / science
In Haiti, belief in the black magic voodoo has led to cases of people apparently becoming zombies. In fact, during a holiday stay on the island state, one of our authors might have been victim to zombification himself... Adam Węgłowski
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Antarctica

Antarctica

Media / Photo
There is a quiet space between the stimulus and the reaction. In this space, our greatest strength awaits: the power of choice.
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Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.

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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski

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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of June. Adam Węgłowski
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Professor Filutek, part 3

Professor Filutek, part 3

Media / Video
On a bus.
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The Solution
short story

The Solution

Reading / literature
In a distant future, Candace Laguarde has run out of the pharmaceutic Femper. If she doesn’t get some more soon, who knows what will happen… A short story by an American author. Mitchell Atkinson III

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How Do I Live Without You?

How Do I Live Without You?
The Surprising Connections Between Species

Magazine / science
Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically. Mikołaj Golachowski
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An End That Marks a Beginning

An End That Marks a Beginning
The History of the Ouroboros

Magazine / culture
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures. Paweł Janiszewski

Opinion
Read
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Lessons in Coexistence

Read

Without End

Zbigniew
Libera
Read
Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

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It’s Okay to Panic!
Mind the climate

It’s Okay to Panic!
A Film About Climate Expertise

Reading / science
Jonathan L. Ramsey’s latest documentary “It’s Okay to Panic” deals with the global climate crisis – and the seemingly marginalized voice of experts therein. Anna Tatarska
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“It’s Okay to Panic” Documentary Soon Available Online
Mind the climate

“It’s Okay to Panic” Documentary Soon Available Online

Media / Video
“It’s Okay to Panic”, the new film by the creators of “Smog Wars”, will be released on 1st June 2020. The film’s production was supported by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation.
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Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
Mind the climate

Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading / society
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather, talks about pursuing an environmental way of life, the power of poetry, and how he engages in constructive conversation about climate. Julia Fiedorczuk
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All the Colours of Biebrza
Mind the climate

All the Colours of Biebrza
A National Park on Fire

Reading / science
Earlier in April, the marshes of the Biebrza Valley and Wetlands started to burn. The wildfire has devastated the flora and fauna of Poland’s largest national park – and it’s only the beginning. Jędrzej Wojnar

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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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
healthy living

Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Coping with COVID-19

Reading / society
Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient
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The Anxiety Virus
healthy living

The Anxiety Virus
An Interview with Martyna Goryniak

Reading / society
Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient
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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg
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In Search of Clatter
healthy living

In Search of Clatter
The Joy of the Everyday

Magazine / society
Joy can feel like an elusive emotion. But what exactly is true joy? And is it really worth aspiring to? Agata Sikora