pixel Page 18FCEBD2B-4FEB-41E0-A69A-B0D02E5410AERectangle 52 Przejdź do treści

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!

Strona główna

Czytaj
News Is a Social Enterprise

News Is a Social Enterprise
An Interview with Alan Rusbridger

Reading / society
Alan Rusbridger talks about the how “The Guardian” was founded, the issues with media monopolies, and why news should be a public service. Urszula Kaczorowska

Czytaj
Days of the Gods

Days of the Gods
12 Holidays from the Indian Calendar

Magazine / culture
Naturally – for such a large country with such religious and ethnic diversity – the Indian calendar is quite different to ours in Europe. Here’s a list of all the Indian holidays you always wanted to know about, but were afraid to ask. Paulina Wilk
Czytaj
The Simple
deep soundings

The Simple

Reading / literature
“The women cluster at the cathedral,/ hair in careful bouffant helmets/ armored and elegant, poised to herd/ purposefully/ into Mystery.” A poem by a contemporary American poet. Cynthia Hogue
Czytaj
Written in Sunlight

Written in Sunlight
The Curious Life of Hércules Florence

Magazine / science
Hércules Florence invented photography three years before Daguerre, and pioneered the study of birdsong. Surprisingly, his innovative achievements are largely forgotten. Katarzyna Sroczyńska

Czytaj
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?
Czytaj
10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

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/Big Think

Czytaj
Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.
Czytaj
Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
Czytaj
August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski
Czytaj
The Evil Continent

The Evil Continent
Catastrophes, Witchcraft, and (Un)Happy Islands at the Istanbul Biennial

Reading / culture
Do we already belong to a lost civilization, although we do not yet know it? Does President Erdoğan have any painting talent? Will the seventh continent become the new Pangea? And what does the contemporary art world think about all of this? Stach Szabłowski

Zobacz
It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

Media / Photo
Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
Czytaj
Rage and the Polish Question

Rage and the Polish Question
An Interview with Martha Nussbaum

Magazine / society
Martha Nussbaum talks about nurturing the delicate flower that is liberal democracy, why the excluded shouldn’t have short memories, and the reason why she prefers the reformed synagogue to the Protestant church. Tomasz Stawiszyński

Czytaj
Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

Magazine / society
Architect and food visionary Carolyn Steel talks about a culinary approach to a good life, the future of farming, and the importance of sharing food and meals. Paulina Wilk
Czytaj
27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous football victory over their Central European neighbours, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski

Czytaj
Audubon’s Birds

Audubon’s Birds
Ornithology and Art

Magazine / culture
Today, the 19th-century American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is considered one of the founding fathers of American ecology. But what makes his work so special? Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
Czytaj
Be Like Anastasia

Be Like Anastasia
Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead

Magazine / society
Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Ewa Pawlik

Zobacz
Boyhood

Boyhood

Media / Photo
“Boyhood” is a photography series by Roger Ballen, portraying the lives of boys all over the globe.
Czytaj
The Dormant Beast

The Dormant Beast
The Volcanoes of Naples

Reading / science
Beneath the Phlegraean Fields near Naples there’s a giant lake of liquid magma bubbling away. The entire area includes 24 craters and volcanic cones. An eruption could occur within the next few years. Maciej Hen

Czytaj
First Star of David
short story

First Star of David

Magazine / culture
3 Smocza Street. David Spilman, an Israeli teenager, has memorized this address from the letters his grandma used to receive. But what waits for him in Warsaw, once the home of his grandma, on Christmas Eve? Joanna Rudniańska
Czytaj
What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski

Czytaj
A Drinking Deer

A Drinking Deer
The Water of Life

Magazine / society
From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from? Monika Kucia
Czytaj
Eat and Sweat
healthy living

Eat and Sweat
How to Survive Winter and Stay Healthy

Magazine / society
It’s that time of year when our immune systems can be prone to infections. Fear not! With the help of some fluids, healthy food and plenty of rest, you’ll recover just fine from any coughs and colds. Katarzyna Sroczyńska

Czytaj
What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
Mind the climate

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
A Sonic Trip to the Zabalo River

Reading / science
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. Gordon Hempton
Czytaj
Becoming Unorthodox

Becoming Unorthodox
An Interview with Eli Rosen

Reading / culture
Yiddish cultural consultant and actor Eli Rosen talks about the changing Hasidic community in New York, his role in the making of the Netflix series “Unorthodox”, and fulfilling his childhood dream of playing a rabbi. Mikołaj Gliński

Zobacz
Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead ♫

Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead ♫

Media / Audio
Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Original publication by Ewa Pawlik. Read by Annie Krasińska.
Czytaj
Magnet
Poematic

Magnet

Reading / literature
“They didn’t live together, which meant / they had two fridges for their growing collection / of magnets.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

Czytaj
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
Czytaj
Fasting to the Rescue
healthy living

Fasting to the Rescue
The Benefits of Food Abstinence

Magazine / science
Fasting might sound like a painful idea, but according to a recent MIT study, it can have serious health benefits. Aleksandra Kozłowska

Czytaj
To Give Back Love

To Give Back Love
An Interview with Bartosz Bielenia

Reading / culture
Bartosz Bielenia – star of “Corpus Christi”, Poland’s Oscar candidate – talks about the act of impersonation, his lifelong fascination with performance, and the loss of Robin Williams. Jan Pelczar
Czytaj
Planet of the Birds

Planet of the Birds
An Alternative Avian History

Reading / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which birds won the evolutionary race. Adam Węgłowski

Czytaj
I Held in My Hand Something Living

I Held in My Hand Something Living
The Life of Maria Papa Rostowska

Magazine / culture
The sculptor Maria Papa Rostkowska led a happy life. Maybe that’s why so few people remember who she was. Zbigniew Libera
Czytaj
Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / society
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 architectural designs realized in Central and Eastern Europe. Zygmunt Borawski

Czytaj
Day at the Anatomy Museum
Poematic

Day at the Anatomy Museum

Reading / literature
“gorgeous guys don’t go about in massive jars— / a thought the Anatomy Museum refutes.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Tomasz Pietrzak
Czytaj
Cheerful Revolutions in the Fiend Valley

Cheerful Revolutions in the Fiend Valley
A Fairy Tale About Management

Magazine / society
Leadership, organization, joy – the path to success in each of these can be easily explained by a simple story involving various fiends and a lubberkin. Monika Jagówna Kostera

Opinion
Read
Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

We’re No Longer There

Read

COVID-19 Has Transposed Us to the Future

Miha
Mazzini
Read
Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

My Visor

D7F36433-AB77-42AC-8E67-BB41F9646E9D

Zobacz
Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
Czytaj
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
Czytaj
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
Czytaj
What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski

Audio

Zobacz
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.
Zobacz
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.
Zobacz
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.
Zobacz
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.

Group 2

Czytaj
Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
Czytaj
The Lost Art of Rest
healthy living

The Lost Art of Rest
How to Relax

Magazine / society
Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest? Paulina Wilk
Czytaj
Concentration: Making Life Sacred
healthy living

Concentration: Making Life Sacred

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)
Czytaj
Are we morally obligated to meditate?
healthy living

Are we morally obligated to meditate?

Magazine / science
A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other. Sigal Samuel