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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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From Eye to Bone

From Eye to Bone

Media / Photo
Bartosz Wajer’s works in the “From Eye to Bone” series are photographs from erotic portals that are rephotographed without the standard use of a lens. The artist instead employing the exposed matrix of a digital camera, a handheld lens, and manual manipulation. Utilizing the equipment against the rules of ‘proper’ photography seems to be a cognitively effective technique. By stripping erotic content of the conventions of titillating imagery, one discovers its comic and, at the same time, disturbing nature.
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WAHALA

WAHALA

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The work “WAHALA” addresses the problem of unbridled economic growth and the related ecological concerns. It asks what is driving the world and for how long.
Czytaj
Spring, a Time of Sanguinity

Spring, a Time of Sanguinity
Nature and the Four Temperaments

Reading / culture
Spring is commonly associated with new life and warmth. Yet it is also connected with blood – more specifically, the sanguine temperament. Kamila Dzika-Jurek
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Confession
Poematic

Confession

Reading / literature
“They shriek and compete / for who has the most sins.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

Media / Audio
A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński.
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Pessimism Is Irresponsible

Pessimism Is Irresponsible
An Interview with Anne Applebaum

Reading / society
Anne Applebaum talks with Aleksandra Lipczak about being a ‘Polish mother’, and her fascination with Poland, politics and history. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Beniowskian Poland

Beniowskian Poland
An Alternative Colonial History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which Poland’s inter-war dreams of colonizing Madagascar were actually realized. Adam Węgłowski
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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
Czytaj
June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of June. Adam Węgłowski
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Minsk’s Dirty Secret

Minsk’s Dirty Secret
Inside Europe’s Cleanest City

Reading / society
Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is ranked among the top three cleanest cities worldwide. On the surface, this is certainly true. But is this a good thing? And what happens when we peek underneath its shiny veneer? Hanna Liubakova

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Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring
Lessons of the Polish Backyard

Magazine / society
Growing up in late communist Poland may have meant lacking material goods, but the sustainable mentality it promoted can teach us something today. Paulina Wilk

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Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the innocent joys and guilty pleasures of scrumping. Monika Kucia
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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski

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Judgment

Judgment
Or How to Avoid Harming Others and Ourselves

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West recommends what we can all do in order to live better lives. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)
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When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?

When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
An Interview with Anna Grąbczewska

Magazine / society
Anna Grąbczewska, President of the Children’s University Foundation in Poland, talks about the curiosity of children, why school doesn’t work for everyone, and how we can change teaching methods for the better. Aleksandra Pezda

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A Zero Waste Game

A Zero Waste Game
How to Maintain an Ecological Kitchen

Reading / society
The concept of ethical consumption is often difficult to grasp. A plant-based blogger explores how we can recycle in the kitchen and reduce food waste. Marta Dymek
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A Cooperative Utopia

A Cooperative Utopia
Ubuntu and Contributionism

Reading / society
In looking towards a more utopian society, we might consider the African philosophy of ubuntu, as well as Michael Tellinger’s concept of contributionism. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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When They Come in Our Dreams
short story

When They Come in Our Dreams

Reading / literature
Sometimes the dreams in which we find ourselves are more vivid than the realities from which we have just arrived… A short story from one of Poland’s finest writers of the form. Kornel Filipowicz
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A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye

A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye
The Shifting Tides of Sundarbans

Magazine / society
At the confluence of three rivers in the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans mangrove forest grows. A beautiful place, yet with rising tides and Bengal tigers, life here is unstable. Paulina Wilk

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The Strange Story of Picasso, Communism, and a Sheepskin Coat

The Strange Story of Picasso, Communism, and a Sheepskin Coat
On the Friendship of Kindred Artists

Magazine / culture
Pablo Picasso visited Poland in 1948, where he struck up what proved to be a fruitful friendship with the “Przekrój” editor-in-chief. Ewa Pawlik
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Marcin
Napiórkowski
Marcin Napiórkowski

Is Bitcoin Heading for a Reality Check?

Reading / society
The advent of bitcoin has changed the way we think about currency. Might we also learn some lessons from older commodity money?
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The Book of Generation

The Book of Generation
A Creation Story

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter observes a story similar to the Judeo-Christian account of creation, but featuring soil, plants and fungi instead. Tomasz Sitarz
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Walking for Water

Walking for Water
The Source of Folk Legends

Magazine / society
According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away... Renata Lis

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The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria

The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria
Demons and Spirits from Polish-German Folklore

Reading / society
Warmia-Masuria is the home of the Polish lake district and a popular holiday destination. Yet among its rivers and swamps – even in the houses of its locals – live all sorts of menacing creatures... Marcel Kruger
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The Heart of the Desert

The Heart of the Desert
Uluru Rock

Magazine / culture
Uluru – the sandstone rock formation in Australia that white colonialists named Ayer’s Rock – is a place of deep cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal peoples. Aleksandra Reszelska

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Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Media / Audio
In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Original text by Paulina Wilk. Read by Konstancja Dangel. Translated by Mark Ordon.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit

Watercolours Under a Spacesuit
The Story of Galina Balashova

Magazine / culture
The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Konstanty Usenko

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The People’s Republic of Dwarfs

The People’s Republic of Dwarfs
A Brief History of the Orange Alternative

Magazine / society
The Orange Alternative was one of the most memorable social movements in the dying years of communism. Why? Because it involved painting dwarfs. Zbigniew Libera
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Mikado

Mikado

Media / Photo
The Mikado series is the latest stage of my long-standing artistic development as a photographer, and the next step in my analysis of the creative process. For the past fifteen years, the techniques of digital image processing became crucial for my art. When working on the Mikado project, I experimented with form, focusing solely on the creative process and its medium. – Igor Omulecki
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To Be a Parent

To Be a Parent
An Innocent Discussion About Parenting

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, two of Poland’s youngest talents talk about a topic that no child can escape: parenting. Ewa Pawlik
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School Is Great in the Afternoon

School Is Great in the Afternoon
An Innocent Discussion About Education

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about every child’s favourite subject: school. Ewa Pawlik

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A Modern Tribe

A Modern Tribe
The Halen Housing Development

Magazine / society
Close to the Swiss capital lies a housing estate, overgrown with greenery and seemingly in ruins. Yet among the modernist terraces lives a small but thriving community. Zygmunt Borawski
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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death
big think

10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

Reading / science
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning. Kevin Dickinson

Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

Read

The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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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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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
big think

How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?

Reading / science
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis. Jaimee Bell
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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman
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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma
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Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska