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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
healthy living

Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

Magazine / society
Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski
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Magnetic Sculptures

Magnetic Sculptures

Media / Photo
The “Magnetic Sculptures” project by Honza Zamojski is a series of overscaled black-and-white photographs depicting sculptures made of tiny magnets. Recalling the tone and proportion of Brassaï’s famous portfolio “Les Sculptures de Picasso”, Zamojski’s shadowy monuments also invoke the unrealized forms of constructivist architecture.
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A Puzzling Artwork (5)

A Puzzling Artwork (5)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist depicts a jubilant woman in a summer dress breaking car windows with a huge, tropical flower. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard

Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard

Media / Photo
Irmina Walczak’s series was created during the 95 days that her family was confined in the Spanish countryside, the place where the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic took them by surprise.
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The Whole-Planet View

The Whole-Planet View

Magazine / science
Psychedelics offer a sense of expansive connectedness, just like astronauts have felt looking back to Earth from space. Rosalind Watts, Sam Gandy & Alex Evans
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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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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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Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances

Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances
An Interview About Birds

Reading / science
Author and naturalist Jacek Karczewski talks about the sexual habits of birds, their symbolism in Europe, and why we must strive to describe animals in empathetic terms. Stasia Budzisz

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Monks on Ice
healthy living

Monks on Ice
The Miracle of Yogic Heat

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist breathing technique ‘tummo’ creates inner heat. The practice of similar techniques might have helped the likes of Wim Hof to achieve the seemingly impossible in extreme cold. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski

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A Puzzling Artwork (11)

A Puzzling Artwork (11)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist is an early example of US land art. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Miss Gienia

Miss Gienia
Memories of School Dinners

Reading / society
The school canteen menu in Poland is full of traditional comfort food. That same home-made feeling of culinary nostalgia can also be found in the country’s milk bars. Marta Zboralska

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His Majesty the King of Cats
short story

His Majesty the King of Cats

Reading / literature
What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar... Wojciech Engelking
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Tripping Like Ancient Greeks

Tripping Like Ancient Greeks
Shamanism in Classical Antiquity

Magazine / culture
The sages and mystics of ancient Greece engaged in practices that bear resemblance to those of Siberian shamans. How might they be connected? Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Bright Soul
Healthy Living

Bright Soul
The Life of Peter Deunov

Magazine / society
The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians. Paulina Wilk
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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

Magazine / society
The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek

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A Time of Fragility

A Time of Fragility
The Brightness of Adolescent Girlhood

Magazine / society
The time when girls become teenagers entails a period of rapid changes – both hormonal and societal. Yet it also reveals the incredible brightness of adolescence. Kamila Dzika-Jurek
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Cassandra ’72

Cassandra ’72
Were the Predictions of World3 Accurate?

Reading / science
Almost 50 years ago, the World3 computer program at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that a rapid collapse of global civilization would begin around 2040. Was it right, after all? Łukasz Kaniewski

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Made for Walking?

Made for Walking?
The Evolution of Limbs

Magazine / science
The story of land vertebrates begins around 400 million years ago. But was the evolution of fins and then legs really such a great idea? Mikołaj Golachowski
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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
Kurzgesagt

Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument

Media / Video
In future, it might become possible to simulate entire universes. But if this an option, how can we know that it’s not already happened?
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Empire of the Alexandrinas

Empire of the Alexandrinas
An Alternative Literary History

Reading / culture
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Great Library of Alexandria was saved by Julius Caesar. Adam Węgłowski
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The Power of Fasting
healthy living

The Power of Fasting
How to Fast

Magazine / society
For some (but not all) of us, intermittent fasting can have health benefits. We present four different fasting patterns. Jakub Bas

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A Rightful Balance
Mind the climate

A Rightful Balance
Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli

Reading / culture
Studio Ghibli – the Japanese animation film studio – may be known for its fluffy mascots such as Totoro, but beneath this cute veneer are a series of films with serious ecological concerns. Ren Scateni
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Liquid Maturity
healthy living

Liquid Maturity
An Interview with Piotr K. Oleś

Magazine / society
Psychologist Piotr K. Oleś talks about how we mature, the difficulties with making life decisions, and whether our personalities can change in later life. Aleksandra Pezda

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The Voice of The Heart

The Voice of The Heart
A Remarkable Organ

Reading / science
The heart does more than just pump blood – this remarkable organ also affects our thinking, feelings, perception and identity. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Reverie of Rambo

The Reverie of Rambo
On Surprise and Beauty

Magazine / culture
According to Heraclitus, gods live everywhere – even in those things we find repugnant. We might find some surprising insight in the worldview of John Rambo, too. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Haka

The Haka
A Māori Tradition

Magazine / culture
The haka – a traditional Māori dance – is well-known from the New Zealand rugby team. What are its cultural origins? Andrzej Kula
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The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands

The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands
Wilfred Thesiger’s Journeys Through Arabia

Reading / society
Wilfred Thesiger spent years travelling with Bedouins across the vast, harsh Arabian deserts. His journeys are an example to those seeking to practise sustainable tourism today. Paulina Wilk

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Are You an Accepting Type of Person?

Are You an Accepting Type of Person?
Personality Test

Reading / society
Reveal how accepting you really are – of lint on your clothes and of the world, but also of the results of this personality test from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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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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Bringing Home the (Lab-Grown) Bacon

Bringing Home the (Lab-Grown) Bacon
The Meat of the Future

Magazine / society
The mass farming of animals is proving to be destructive to our natural environment. What possibilities lie in lab-grown protein? Jakub Bas
Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Read

Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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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

PRZEKRÓJ’S 77TH BIRTHDAY

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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren
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A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

Media / Video
We invite you to watch an animation about Janina Ipohorska, one of the post-war pioneers of “Przekrój”, who for years was the deputy of editor-in-chief Marian Eile. The video was created for the occasion of our 75th birthday. Enjoy!
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A National Asana

A National Asana
Yoga Branches Across Poland

Magazine / society
Back in the early 1980s, “Przekrój” was already instructing our younger readers on the yogic tree pose. But the history of yoga in Poland dates way back to the early 20th century with one Wincenty Lutosławski. Ewa Pawlik

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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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
healthy living

Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

Magazine / society
Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska
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healthy living

Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

Reading / society
Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok
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Garden Greens
healthy living

Garden Greens
Five Healthy Spring Leaves

Magazine / society
Spring is the perfect time to pick the leaves of nettle, starwort, dandelion, common yarrow and sheep’s sorrel. Jakub Bas
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Beehive Medicine

Beehive Medicine
The Benefits of Apitherapy

Magazine / society
Bees produce honey, wax, pollen and propolis, among others. Apitherapy shows us how to use these products to enrich our own health and wellbeing. Dominika Bok