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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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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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Children of the World, Unite!

Children of the World, Unite!
An Alternative History of the Crusades

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Children’s Crusade was a success. Adam Węgłowski
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The Transformation

The Transformation

Magazine / literature
Our writer imagines an episode from the life of the alchemist Michał Sędziwój, who, after attempting the transmutation of gold, starts to see the world differently... Tomasz Wiśniewski

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What Can Greta Do?

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk

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Emotional Illusions

Emotional Illusions
An Interview with Eva Illouz

Magazine / society
Eva Illouz talks about the privatization of emotion, the mistakes of the contemporary Left, and the age of immunity to truth. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Ancient World in Sport
sports

The Ancient World in Sport
A Round-Up of Ancient Sporting News

Magazine / society
Our correspondent’s sporting highlights from the ancient Olympic Games, including the greatest Olympian of all time, corruption and illegal gambling, and a healthy dose of bulls’ testicles. Michał Szadkowski
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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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Monika Sasor
Artwork / Illustrations
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The Darkness He Called Night
deep soundings

The Darkness He Called Night

Reading / literature
“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’. Charles Bernstein

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Reading / culture
Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue.
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Tales

Tales

Magazine / culture
A new series of short stories, presented by our Culture & Society and Poetry editor, Marcin Orliński. Marcin Orliński
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

On Interbeing

Reading / feuilleton
Interconnectedness – the idea that everything is connected with everything else – is a pertinent example of how science can meet with poetry and spirituality.
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Kyotographie

Kyotographie
A Conversation About the Future of Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about erotic woodcuts, garden photography and a new kind of spatial thinking at the recent Kyotographie photography festival in Japan. Ania Diduch i Wojtek Wieteska
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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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Night

Night

Reading / literature
A lonely man sits in his Minsk apartment, catching up on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His girlfriend rings him from Nepal, just as a world-changing event begins in the sky above... An excerpt from a Belarusian novel set in the near future. Victor Martinovich
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The Bikini in Cinema

The Bikini in Cinema
A Visual History

Reading / culture
On its 73rd birthday, we celebrate the bikini’s most iconic appearances in Polish and international film. Małgorzata Zacharska

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The Ways of Kriya Yoga

The Ways of Kriya Yoga
An Interview with Marshall Govindan

Magazine / society
Marshall Govindan talks about self-realization, Salvador Dali, and visiting an Arabian horse farm in communist Poland. Tomasz Niewiadomski
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Laniakea

Laniakea

Media / Photo
Sławomir Pawszak’s photograms are genetically consistent with the direction of artistic experiments focused on “drawing”, or rather “painting” with light. In form, his works are the closest to Karol Hiller’s heliographic images, albeit more for the idea they follow rather than the technique as such.
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Paulina
Wilk

The Girls with Pigtails

Reading / Commentary
On 14th June 2019, 13-year-old Inga Zasowska started her climate strike outside the Polish parliament. It’s children like Inga and Greta Thunberg who can bring us hope – if only we would listen to them.
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

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Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
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Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Group 2

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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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Five Spring Meditations
Healthy Living

Five Spring Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Prana, or the Subtle Life Force
healthy living

Prana, or the Subtle Life Force

Magazine / society
The Siddhas referred to the basic energy underlying all activities, both physical and mental, as ‘prana’, or subtle life force. Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

Magazine / society
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.

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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)
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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
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Sprinting Towards Infinity
sports

Sprinting Towards Infinity
Can We Predict the Limits of Human Speed?

Magazine / society
Usain Bolt is currently the fastest man on Earth, but can his 100m record be beaten? We explore the limits of human sprinting potential. Piotr Żelazny

Video

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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

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

Professor Filutek, part 40

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Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

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A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

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Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.
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Professor Filutek, part 36

Professor Filutek, part 36

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Wonderful vistas, unforgettable emotions...