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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven
Mythology in the Mountains

Magazine / culture
Mountains hold a powerful place in the cultural imagination, not only as impressive feats of nature, but also as sacred, foundational sites. Ewa Pluta

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Pukke
Fiction

Pukke

Reading / literature
One of our authors imagines the encounters of various Swedes – and a Pole! – with a mythical imp known as Pukke. Grzegorz Uzdański
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After Hours

After Hours

Media / Photo
In the ongoing series “After Hours”, Sophie Thun uses her body again as a tool to examine and question established concepts. The artist photographs herself in various hotel rooms, which she occupies while doing production work for colleagues realizing their own projects.
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Why Go Barefoot?
healthy living

Why Go Barefoot?
A Cultural Account of Feet

Magazine / society
Bare feet manifest many meanings – from the religious to health and the everyday. Anna Berestecka

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Understanding the Chukchi

Understanding the Chukchi
An Interview with Maciej Cuske

Reading / culture
Maciej Cuske, director of the documentary “The Whale From Lorino”, talks about the Far East region of Chukotka, the influence of the USSR on the Chukchi people, and how our fight against nature is doomed to fail. Mateusz Demski
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All Heaven in a Rage

All Heaven in a Rage
Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

Reading / culture
In her most recently translated novel, Olga Tokarczuk crafts an existential whodunnit, helped by the guiding spirit of William Blake. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain on some of the less savoury hunting practices in Poland. Sam Pulham
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Great Little People

Great Little People
Five Fearless Children

Magazine / society
The youngest among us can be heroes too, as the stories of these five children who fought for justice and rights show. Agata Kasprolewicz

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Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

Reading / science
As mapmakers began to get a better and better sense of the earth's geography, some of the more playful amongst them, as well as some new to the art, turned their attentions to charting more ambiguous lands — creating maps that depicted ideas as places and the machinations of the mind and heart as a journey.

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On Rowanberries and Parsnip

On Rowanberries and Parsnip

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment. Monika Kucia
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No Bread, No Circuses
sports

No Bread, No Circuses
The Olympics and Climate Change

Magazine / society
The pandemic has already delayed the 2020 Olympic Games. But sporting tournaments are already facing a larger issue: global warming. Andrzej Kula

Opinion
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

Read

Next Stop: Maturity

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
Read
Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

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Chasing the Cold
Mind the climate

Chasing the Cold
A Psychoanalytic Reading of “The Snow Queen”

Magazine / society
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” is full of wintry metaphors. But do today’s younger generations still have the icy cold reference points to understand such symbolism? Renata Lis
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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

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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Magdalena Róża
Skoczewska

Feel and Understand

Reading / science
By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.
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Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
big think

Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health

Reading / science
A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes. Scotty Hendricks
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Culinary Kindness

Culinary Kindness
A Silver Lining in Difficult Times

Magazine / society
Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen. Monika Kucia
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Gingerbread Therapy

Gingerbread Therapy
Coping with Christmas Alone

Magazine / society
Faced with the prospect of a lonely Christmas, our writer found sentimental comfort in baking her own gingerbread cake. Monika Kucia