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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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The Goatherd and the Cave

The Goatherd and the Cave
How the Dead Sea Scrolls Were Found

Magazine / culture
In 1947, a trio of Bedouin shepherds came across a remarkable find near the Qumrān ruins in Palestine—or so the sensational story goes. Aleksandra Woźniak-Marchewka

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Wild Beauties

Wild Beauties
How to Properly Protect Bears

Magazine / science
Members of the Ursidae family can approach humans visiting national parks. The matter of how to maintain natural balance—and distance—is complex. Anna Maziuk
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The Spirit of the Rainforest

The Spirit of the Rainforest
A Unique Ursine Subspecies

Magazine / science
The Kermode bear lives in a temperate rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and is a litmus test for the future of the entire ecosystem. Kamila Kielar

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Time: The History & Future of Everything
Kurzgesagt

Time: The History & Future of Everything

Media / Video
Time is everyone’s concern. It is priceless. Everyone experiences it differently, whether thinking about the past or looking into the future.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is
An Interview with Radu Ciorniciuc

Reading / culture
Radu Ciorniciuc talks about how he made the film “Acasă, My Home”, a documentary about the Roma man Gică Enache and his life in Bucharest’s Văcărești Delta. Dariusz Kuźma
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The Most Famous Celts in the World

The Most Famous Celts in the World
The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

Magazine / culture
The French comic book series starring Asterix and Obelix is well-known across the world. What do these two Gallic villagers represent? Maciej Świetlik
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Fledging Pains

Fledging Pains
The Truth About Animal Youth

Magazine / science
Just like among humans, parenting exists in the animal kingdom, too. Whether it constitutes purposeful teaching is still under debate. Mikołaj Golachowski

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Obrazek
Artwork / Illustrations
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski

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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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The Unbearable Fluidity of Being

The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
A Wet Trip to the Forest

Magazine / science
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory. Szymon Drobniak
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Stay in and Play

Stay in and Play
Pandemic Diaries

Reading / society
The pandemic has been difficult for many, especially when marital problems arise. A writer retells the story of one of his friends. Luka Kurjački

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An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”
deep soundings

An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”

Reading / literature
Forrest Gander’s poem “Immigrant Sea” describes a sensual and intellectual encounter, which ebbs and flows across the page, just like its protagonist’s recognition of himself. Julia Fiedorczuk
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The Moomins Have Never Been More Popular

The Moomins Have Never Been More Popular
77 Years Later, Their Origins Reveal Why

Magazine / culture
On the anniversary of Tove Jansson’s first book, “The Moomins and the Great Flood”, we take a look back on her wartime creations and why they continue to resonate. Stephen Carlick

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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

Reading / society
The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
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

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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Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
healthy living

Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
A Most Delicate Massage

Magazine / society
The Butterfly Touch method developed by Eva Reich shows how less means more and how power lies in gentleness. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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The Wheels of Energy
healthy living

The Wheels of Energy
Understanding the Chakras

Magazine / culture
Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Tantra describe various focal points on the human body, which can be “worked” on to attain physical and psychological benefits. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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Sleep Well
healthy living

Sleep Well
Twelve Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

Magazine / society
Falling asleep at regular times and for regular periods is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. There are a number of ways to encourage it. Paulina Wilk
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Upside Down is Right Side Up
healthy living

Upside Down is Right Side Up
The Benefits of Yoga Inversions

Magazine / society
How turning the position of the body, quite literally, on its head is believed to increase circulation, improve energy levels, and strengthen muscles. Dominika Bok