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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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What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
Stanisław Lem

What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it

Reading / culture
What would be the result if some other popular sci-fi and fantasy writers were to try their hand at Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”? All sorts of great books! Grzegorz Uzdański
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The Monsoon Empire

The Monsoon Empire
A Journey Through the Indian Rain

Magazine / society
In monsoon season, India is governed by the irrepressible rhythms of water. The rain brings destruction, but it also brings an abundance of life. Paulina Wilk

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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
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There’s an Elephant in the Room

There’s an Elephant in the Room
An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Reading / society
Noam Chomsky talks about who rules the world, the threat of climate change, and the breakdown of global democracy. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Eastern blocks

A Bittersweet Fairy Tale
Life in a Łódż High Rise

Reading / society
In the fourth instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Anna Rembowska, a childhood resident of the Assistant Professors’ Hostel high rise in Łódż, remembers growing up as if in a Kusturica film. Anna Rembowska
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

Introducing Ludwik
A Cat Lover’s Surprise

Magazine / society
A cat lover has a surprise after dating a dog owner – and increasingly finding himself walking man’s best friend. Jan Pelczar

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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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Professor Filutek, part 9

Professor Filutek, part 9

Media / Video
Dream holidays.
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20th September 1519

20th September 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail for the Maluku Islands under the banner of Spain. Yet his attempt to circumnavigate the globe was seemingly doomed from the start... Adam Węgłowski

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Don’t Fear the Tiger

Don’t Fear the Tiger
The Evolutionary Role of Anxiety

Magazine / science
Over thousands of years, our brains have developed to pay attention to negative stimuli. This can also make it difficult to deal with anxious thoughts. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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White Balance

White Balance

Media / Photo
“White Balance” by Witek Orski, seeks to expose, by way of the senses, that there is no such thing as a single shade of white, a single model that could be set in contrast to that which is considered by the majority as ‘the other’.
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By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns
bigthink

By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns

Magazine / science
Fractal patterns are noticed by people of all ages, even small children, and have significant calming effects. Jaimee Bell

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What Kind of Mayan Are You?

What Kind of Mayan Are You?
The Mayan Horoscope

Magazine / culture
The Mayan Horoscope is extraordinary – why not find out what your Mayan zodiac sign is?

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Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!

Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!
How to Soundwalk

Magazine / culture
In a world full of constant noise, it is easy to shut off from quieter sounds. By soundwalking, we can open our ears up again. Iza Smelczyńska
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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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I Collect Signs of the End

I Collect Signs of the End
An Interview with Leszek Koczanowicz

Magazine / society
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes. Aleksandra Pezda
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Jungle, Our Healer
healthy living

Jungle, Our Healer
Botanical Medicine in the Americas

Magazine / society
In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments. Maria Hawranek

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We’re Living in a Beautiful World

We’re Living in a Beautiful World
An Interview with Jáchym Topol

Reading / society
Czech writer Jáchym Topol talks about growing up around Shakespeare, the difference between Czechs and Poles, and the follies of chasing the West. Łukasz Saturczak
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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

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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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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

The Most Beautiful Day of My Life

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the art of delivering a joke.
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A Cruise on the Ocean of Enthusiasm
healthy living

A Cruise on the Ocean of Enthusiasm

Reading / society
A selection of the Indian sage’s wise words. Paramahansa Yogananda
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What a Blast

What a Blast
On the Didgeridoo

Magazine / culture
A 1000-year-old musical instrument, created with the help of termites and played by using a seemingly impossible breathing loop. We present: the didgeridoo. Iza Smelczyńska

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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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Hot Springs Eternal

Hot Springs Eternal
The Benefits of Thermal Baths

Magazine / culture
Hot springs and thermal baths have been enjoyed by humans (and animals) for thousands of years. They have health benefits, too. Renata Lis

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The Science of the Non-Existing Self

The Science of the Non-Existing Self
How Meditation Entered the Academic Consciousness

Reading / society
50 years ago, the study of meditation was laughed at by mainstream Western psychologists. We recount how non-dual awareness has become a growing area of serious scientific study. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Are You an Honest Person?

Are You an Honest Person?
Personality Test

Reading / culture
Reveal your true, honest, definitely-not-a-liar self with this personality test from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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Time and Ice

Time and Ice

Reading / culture
According to Icelandic legends, the world started with a frozen cow. From its udders came the four rivers that nourished the world. An Icelandic writer reflects on the glaciers of his homeland. Andri Snær Magnason
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All Lara’s Wars

All Lara’s Wars

Reading / literature
In this extract from Wojciech Jagielski’s upcoming reportage “All Lara’s Wars”, Lara finally reaches the Syrian border, where she is to meet her son Shamil – now one of the mujahideen fighting under the caliphate. Wojciech Jagielski

Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

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Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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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
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A Rubbish Island
Mind the climate

A Rubbish Island
The Problem of Microplastics

Magazine / society
Microplastics are almost imperceptible to the human eye. Yet their impact on the environment is shocking – as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Piotr Żelazny
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Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816
Mind the climate

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

Magazine / society
It is two hundred years since “The Year Without a Summer”, when a sun-obscuring ash cloud – ejected from one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history – caused temperatures to plummet the world over. Gillen D’Arcy Wood

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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Backwards
healthy living

Backwards
A New Direction in Walking

Magazine / society
Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease. Sylwia Niemczyk
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A Tart but Tasty Delight
healthy living

A Tart but Tasty Delight
A Recipe for Currant Ice Cream

Magazine / society
Currants – in their red and black varieties – may be tart, but are full of flavour and nutrition. They also make the perfect partner for summer ice cream. Michał Korkosz
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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
healthy living

A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
How to Make Pierogi with Mint

Magazine / society
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi). Łukasz Łuczaj
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka