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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 Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water

The Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water
Get to Know the Four S’s

Magazine / society
Get to know the Four S’s! These guidelines allow anyone to understand how water flows across landscapes, from spring to river mouth. Łukasz Nowacki

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The Māori Awakening

The Māori Awakening
A Cultural Renaissance in New Zealand

Magazine / culture
After years of suppression of Māori cultural identity, New Zealand’s Indigenous people are finally experiencing a renaissance, in defiance of colonialism. Maciej Wesołowski
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Don’t Fear the Tiger

Don’t Fear the Tiger
The Evolutionary Role of Anxiety

Magazine / science
Over thousands of years, our brains have developed to pay attention to negative stimuli. This can also make it difficult to deal with anxious thoughts. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

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The Invention of Evil

The Invention of Evil
A Brief History of Witches

Magazine / society
The European witch hunting mania was inspired by religious fervour, colonial ambitions, and prolonged periods of societal instability. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Cinematherapy for Testing Times

Cinematherapy for Testing Times
A Dose of Movie Medicine

Reading / culture
When we our struggling – as individuals or as a society – a dose of therapy delivered through the medium of cinema can do wonders. Jakub Popielecki
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
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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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Reading / society
There is one thing I owe to the pandemic. The refreshing thought that the city is not indispensable. I bid farewell to the thought of it as an exclusive synonym for the future.
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Afterlife

Afterlife

Media / Photo
Afterlife is a visual dialogue conducted between Szymon Rogiński’s photographs and the timeless structures of Katarzyna Korzeniecka’s works, created using the marbling (Ebru) technique.
Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

Read

The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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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