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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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Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”

Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“This autumn is a great traveling theater dissembling through poetry...” An excerpt from Bruno Schulz’s short story “Second Autumn”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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Lematrix
Stanisław Lem

Lematrix
The Illusory Worlds of Stanisław Lem

Magazine / culture
The books of science fiction writer Stanisław Lem contain interesting – if disturbing – visions of the world around us as a mere illusion. Piotr Paziński
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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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The Poles from the Scottish Café

The Poles from the Scottish Café
The Lwów School of Mathematics

Magazine / science
The Lwów School of Mathematics comprised some of the most brilliant mathematical minds – the problems they posited still inspire the latest maths theories. Marek Górlikowski

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The Golden Age of Silver

The Golden Age of Silver
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
The Georgian era in Britain was a time of opulence. What jewellery trends emerged during this period of middle- and upper-class wealth? Tomasz Wichrowski
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Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including cosmic holograms, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, and tardigrades on the moon. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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22nd October 1909

22nd October 1909
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1909, Poland’s most important shrine – the Jasna Góra Monastery – was broken into; the painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa was stolen. But who committed the theft? Adam Węgłowski
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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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What Will 'Psychedelic Therapy' Look Like When It's Legalized?
big think

What Will 'Psychedelic Therapy' Look Like When It's Legalized?

Reading / science
Psychedelic therapy will become legal in Oregon in 2023. That's thanks largely to a renaissance of psychedelic research that's changing attitudes on the substances' medical potential. Stephen Johnson

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How to Build a Tree House

How to Build a Tree House
A Simple Guide

Reading / society
Building a tree house from wood should be an easy task, if you follow this architect’s simple instructions. Łukasz Stępnik
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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
Kurzgesagt

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

Media / Video
Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.
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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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
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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

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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The Pear of Love

The Pear of Love
A Recipe for Roasted Aubergine

Magazine / society
The aubergine has a bitter reputation. Yet it is a versatile fruit that can be fried, baked, stewed, steamed, or – best of all – long roasted. Michał Korkosz
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Roots, Japanese-Style

Roots, Japanese-Style
A Recipe for Braised Burdock

Magazine / society
Burdock root appears to be ordinary, but – as the cuisine of Japan, China and Korea attests – it can easily be transformed into something quite delightful. Łukasz Łuczaj
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Nicola’s Fungi

Nicola’s Fungi
An Interview with an Urban Mushroom Farmer

Magazine / society
Nicola Dominici talks about opening his vegan restaurant and becoming an urban mushroom farmer in Miami. Ewa Pawlik
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Backyard Fungi

Backyard Fungi
How to Grow Three Types of Mushrooms

Magazine / society
Parasol mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shiitake can all be easily grown in your backyard or garden. Find out how! Łukasz Nowacki