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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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New Bed, No Sleep?
healthy living

New Bed, No Sleep?
First Night Blues

Magazine / science
The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping. Jakub  Bas

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How the Brain Matures

How the Brain Matures
An Interview with Marek Kaczmarzyk

Magazine / science
Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures. Aleksandra Pezda
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Art Is Explosion!

Art Is Explosion!
The Revelations of Tarō Okamoto

Magazine / culture
Some reject the art of Tarō Okamoto – including the Tower of the Sun – as primitive, yet he was perhaps one of the only truly avant-garde artists of Japan. Karol Sienkiewicz

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An Encounter in Tirana
short story

An Encounter in Tirana

Reading / literature
One day, the Head Assistant of Dental Medicine finds himself in Tirana for a dentistry conference. Little does he know that he will find his late father, too. A short story by a Bulgarian writer. Olya Stoyanova

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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Are You Reading, Mr President?

Reading / society
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country.
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Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / culture
As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best films directed by women from Central and Eastern Europe. Agata Pyzik
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Figures

Figures

Media / Photo
Malala Andrialavidrazana’s works are remarkably personal in their nature, actively referring to the idea of territory – a concept the artist had researched for several years. Her images are filled with concern about cross-cultural dialogue, locality, and all kinds of sociological, economic and political constructs that stand – even if just a little – against the constant advance of globalization.
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
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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The Hunt
short story

The Hunt
Stanisław Lem’s Unknown Story

Reading / literature
Racing across mountains and remote backwoods, a solitary figure is on the run from a team of heavily armed hunters. Will he manage to get away? Antonia Lloyd-Jones's translation of a previously unknown story by the great master of science fiction. Stanisław Lem

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Heliography

Heliography

Media / Photo
In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre's new body of works, the photographer abandons oneof his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis ofCartier Bressons's concept of "decisive moment".
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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
Why Our Perception of Time Changes

Magazine / science
Our perception of time can be affected many factors, including age, culture, and even what event we are waiting for. A writer investigates why exactly this happens. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

Opinion
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Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

Read

A Female Revolution

Jakub
Biernat
Jakub Biernat
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
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Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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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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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

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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7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People
big think

7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi
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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
big think

Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
But Being Kind Recalibrates Our Nervous System

Magazine / science
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell
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New Bed, No Sleep?
healthy living

New Bed, No Sleep?
First Night Blues

Magazine / science
The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping. Jakub  Bas
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Feeding the Soul
healthy living

Feeding the Soul
The Poilâne Bakery

Reading / society
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz