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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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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl

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Bedouins and Sandynauts

Bedouins and Sandynauts
A Kepler Base in the Desert

Reading / science
In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines. Agata Romaniuk
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Helping from the Kitchen

Helping from the Kitchen
A Food-Based Altruism

Reading / society
Changing the world might seem like a superhuman task, but it’s within all of our capabilities. When it comes to food, there are plenty of ways for us to make a difference through being altruistic. Marta Dymek

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I Lost a Friend
archives

I Lost a Friend
On the Death of a Four-Pawed Companion

Reading / society
Dogs are more than man’s best friend – they teach us something about each other, too. One of our authors laments a loss in this article from the 1960 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski

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The Evil Continent

The Evil Continent
Catastrophes, Witchcraft, and (Un)Happy Islands at the Istanbul Biennial

Reading / culture
Do we already belong to a lost civilization, although we do not yet know it? Does President Erdoğan have any painting talent? Will the seventh continent become the new Pangea? And what does the contemporary art world think about all of this? Stach Szabłowski
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The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation

The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation
Is There Life After Death?

Reading / society
A belief in metempsychosis (or the transmigration of souls) has held popular appeal across many cultures – both ancient and modern; through Judeo-Christian and Dharmic religions. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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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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Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript
short story

Izaak Feldwurm’s Manuscript

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from one of Piotr Paziński’s short stories, Pan Abram leads a mysterious search for a lost literary manuscript and its legendary author in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw, characterized by its ‘Bird Streets’. Piotr Paziński

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The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips

The Art of Translation with Ursula Phillips
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ursula Phillips speaks with Valdemar about being a Slavic librarian, the inherent compromises of translation, and wrestling with Adam Mickiewicz. Ernest Valdemar
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Cat Compendium

Cat Compendium
13 Cats That Have Changed History

Magazine / society
The earliest cats first appeared around 30 million years ago, and their domesticated species are as popular as ever today. We present a randomly-chosen selection of cats that have changed history – at least for some people. Katarzyna Sroczyńska
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The Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk

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It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

Media / Photo
Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Zbigniew
Libera

Without End

Reading / feuilleton
Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidely bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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Reconciliation by Light

Reconciliation by Light
On All Saints’ Day and Death

Reading / society
The Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day is not usually practised in the Anglosphere. But for Poles (and others in Central and Eastern Europe), it is an important holiday that puts death in its place and looks towards life. Paulina Olszanka
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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

Reading / science
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning. Kevin Dickinson/Big Think

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The Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Reading / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński
Opinion
Read
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

Read

Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
Read
Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Group 2

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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
Listen to the audio

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

Media / Audio
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
Listen to the audio

When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

Media / Audio
Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

Media / Video
Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

Media / Video
Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

Media / Video
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

Media / Video
Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

Media / Video
Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

Media / Video
A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

Media / Video
Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.