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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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Are You an Accepting Type of Person?

Are You an Accepting Type of Person?
Personality Test

Magazine / society
Reveal how accepting you really are – of lint on your clothes and of the world, but also of the results of this personality test from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.  Wszystko Będzie Dobrze

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Miha
Mazzini

COVID-19 Has Transposed Us to the Future

Reading / feuilleton
What can the sudden, unexpected emergence of the coronavirus tell us about attitudes towards death and societal inclusion?
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The Shortest Short Stories

Reading / culture
During a rainy July or a cold August, it’s a nice idea to read about holidays, mice, scarecrows, Wrocław and washing machines. A handful of the shortest short stories from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright collective.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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Christmas wafers

Christmas wafers

Media / Photo
Bownik’s project violates the taboo, using the Christmas wafer as just a regular canvas for his drawings. Through the process of re-scaling, his work shows how cult objects transform into a completely new matter that loses its original context.

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The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank

The “Unseen” Photography of Robert Frank
An Interview with Martin Gasser

Reading / culture
Curator Martin Gasser talks about the death of his long-term collaborator Robert Frank, how he conceived his latest exhibition, and the value of ‘unseen’ photographs. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska
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The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam

The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam
The Shifting Geopolitics of Atlantic Waters

Reading / society
In an age of profound political and climate change, might transoceanic power soon shift to the Global South? Paulina Wilk
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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
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski

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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski
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A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
Mind the climate

A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
The Future of the Barents Sea

Magazine / science
One of the world’s greatest ecosystems is dying before our eyes due to global warming. Our Arctic correspondent recounts the tragedy of the Barents Sea. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Real James Bond
Non-Fiction

The Real James Bond

Reading / literature
In this extract from “The Birds They Sang”, Stanisław Łubieński explores the origins of James Bond’s name, which – surprisingly enough – was borrowed from an American ornithologist. Stanisław Łubieński

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Could Have
Poematic

Could Have

Reading / literature
A poem by a Polish Nobel Prize winner, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh. Wisława Szymborska
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The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Antonia Lloyd-Jones speaks with Valdemar about grisly murders, the elegance of Polish, and the lanky ghost of Józef Czapski. Ernest Valdemar

Opinion
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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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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

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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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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A Rightful Balance
Mind the climate

A Rightful Balance
Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli

Reading / culture
Studio Ghibli – the Japanese animation film studio – may be known for its fluffy mascots such as Totoro, but beneath this cute veneer are a series of films with serious ecological concerns. Serena Scateni

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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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs
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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