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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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Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future
Nostalgia, Hauntology, and the Spectres of the Internet

Reading / society
What connects pop artist Dua Lipa with philosopher Jacques Derrida? Both are interested in a certain nostalgia that entwines past, present and future. Enis Yucekoralp

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The Open Scissors Effect

The Open Scissors Effect
An Interview with Agnieszka Carrasco-Żylicz

Magazine / society
Psychologist and psychotherapist Agnieszka Carrasco-Żylicz talks about the pressures that today’s youth are facing, and how this impacts their mental health. Aleksandra Pezda
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A Heat Storm Is Coming

A Heat Storm Is Coming
An Unheard Literary Voice

Reading / culture
In her debut novel “We Are All Birds of Uganda”, lawyer Hafsa Zayyan tells a nuanced story of memory and identity, representing the voice of Asian Africans in literature. Paulina Wilk

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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski

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The Maths of Brush and Baton

The Maths of Brush and Baton
Fractals in Art

Magazine / science
Fractals – self-similar geometric patterns – might feel like a scientific concern, but they can also be observed in art, architecture and music. Kajetan Giziński
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Obrazek
Marek Raczkowski
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23rd April 1564

23rd April 1564
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1564, the British playwright William Shakespeare was born… Or was he? And was it actually Shakespeare who authored the nearly 40 plays and 150 sonnets attributed to his name? Adam Węgłowski
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April in History

April in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of April. Adam Węgłowski

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Little Things That Matter

Little Things That Matter
The Weird and Wonderful World of Plankton

Magazine / science
Plankton usually take on tiny forms and exist in beautiful variety. They are also a key part of the ocean’s ecology – and are under threat from the climate crisis. Mikołaj Golachowski
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A Wooden House Powered by the Sun

A Wooden House Powered by the Sun

Reading / culture
A new home owner tells us how she built an environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient house from wood. Zygmunt Borawski
Opinion
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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

The Toolbox

Read

Never Stop Trying

Miha
Mazzini
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Aldona

Kopkiewicz

Why the New Year Starts in Mid-Winter

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Miłosz Artefact
Mind the climate

Miłosz Artefact
On Czesław Miłosz and Solastalgia

Reading / society
Czesław Miłosz’s poem “And the City Stood in Its Brightness” deals with loss. It also allows us to reflect on solastalgia, or environmental grief. Anna Mitchell
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Delighted Man
Mind the climate

Delighted Man
The Metaphysics of Nature Conservation

Magazine / science
Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions. Michał Książek
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The Power of Narrative
Mind the climate

The Power of Narrative
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Magazine / society
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason talks about how to write about climate change, the intersection of death and nature, and Iceland’s sacred cow. Maria Hawranek
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Growth Is Killing Us
Mind the climate

Growth Is Killing Us
An Interview with Jason Hickel

Magazine / society
Economic anthropologist Jason Hickel talks about the pitfalls of growth, and how we can pursue an economic model that protects human wellbeing and the environment. Paulina Wilk

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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My Mini Me
healthy living

My Mini Me
On Yoga and Maternity

Magazine / society
What do yoga and maternity have in common? How can taking control of our body help us to reflect on how we view ourselves and our children? Ludwika Włodek
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The Intentional Life
healthy living

The Intentional Life
How to Cultivate Intentions

Magazine / society
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions. Maria Hawranek
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On Spiritual Care
healthy living

On Spiritual Care
Where to Find Caring Figures

Magazine / society
In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them? Marcin Polak
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Always Eat Your Tubers
healthy living

Always Eat Your Tubers
Unloved Kitchen Gems

Magazine / society
Tubers often end up neglected in the back of the fridge. Yet carrots, celeriac and parsley root can be roasted or boiled to inspirational effect. Michał Korkosz