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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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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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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski
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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Van Gogh from Czortków

Van Gogh from Czortków
The Life of Leopold Lewicki

Magazine / culture
Even though he was deported from France and expelled from the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, Leopold Lewicki’s artistic talent was nonetheless remarkable in all its grotesque glory. Zbigniew Libera

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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

Magazine / society
The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik
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The Patter of Raindrops

The Patter of Raindrops
The Symbolism of Rain

Magazine / society
The sounds of rain can feel comforting and relaxing. Yet in the face of changing weather, rain can also be harbinger of environmental disaster. Renata Lis
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ENJOY house

ENJOY house

Media / Photo
This series by New York artist Shelli Weiler presents forms of escapist amusement as hostile and uninhabitable environments. Subjects and spaces are produced in the pursuit of ideals, where sites for entertainment are fashioned by their shortcomings. Through the negation of colour, this series focuses on how the construction of fantasy inevitably entails its own failure.
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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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 decidedly 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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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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I Collect Signs of the End

I Collect Signs of the End
An Interview with Leszek Koczanowicz

Magazine / society
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes. Aleksandra Pezda
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A Dip in the Ice Feels Rather Nice
healthy living

A Dip in the Ice Feels Rather Nice
An Interview About Cold Water Swimming

Reading / society
Andrzej Hrycaj, a cold water swimming instructor specializing in the Wim Hof Method, explains what we can gain from taking an ice cold dip. Maria Hawranek

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Who’s Afraid of Helmut Newton?

Who’s Afraid of Helmut Newton?
A Conversation About His Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch and photographer Wojtek Wieteska talk with two curators of Helmut Newton about the nature of the German’s nude and fashion photography. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska
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Walden

Walden

Media / Photo
“Walden” is a photography series by American photographer S.B. Walker that draws philosophical inspiration from Henry David Thoreau’s book.
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A Canadian in Bratislava

A Canadian in Bratislava
A Conversation with Ben Pascoe

Reading / society
Ben Pascoe, the Canadian founder of ‘Next Apache’, a cult café and second-hand book store in Bratislava, talks to Łukasz Grzesiczak about why he loves living in Slovakia. Łukasz Grzesiczak
Opinion
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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

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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

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 ♫

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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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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
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Breathe In, Gently
healthy living

Breathe In, Gently
The Problem with Excessive Breathing

Magazine / society
Excessive breathing can entail too little carbon dioxide in our body, which can lead to numerous health complications. This can be solved with diaphragmatic breathing. Jakub Bas