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A Colourful Character

A Colourful Character
The Father of “Przekrój”’s Visual Style

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Daniel Mróz was the artist responsible for creating “Przekrój”’s iconic visual style. His daughter and two of his colleagues remember him. Łucja Mróz-Raynoch, Mieczysław Czuma i Adam Macedoński

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In Tumulus and Wilderness

In Tumulus and Wilderness
The Burial Mounds of Białowieża

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The Białowieża Primaeval Forest is one of the oldest forests in Europe. It is also home to a number of centuries-old burial mounds. Jędrzej Wojnar
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Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth
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Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth

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The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system. Robby Berman

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Conjunctiva-Teasing Art

Conjunctiva-Teasing Art
The Life of Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska

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Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska (or simply Mewa) was one of Poland’s great post-war avant-garde artists, establishing a tradition of the apartment as artistic space along with Henryk Stażewski. Zbigniew Libera

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Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing
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Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing

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In America, one in five women choose not to be mothers. Contrary to appearances, the reason for this decision is rarely egoism. Derek Beres

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Chirping, Whistling and Tootling

Chirping, Whistling and Tootling
The Joys of Recognizing Birdsong

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Identifying the songs of different birds can be tricky and time-consuming. It can also become a lifelong passion that soothes the mind and has a positive effect on mood. Olga Drenda

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The Pious Bird

The Pious Bird
Storks in Myth and Memory in Lithuania

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The stork – with its long legs and white body – is recognizable to many people across the globe, owing to its migration between Europe and Africa. In Lithuania, it is more than just a national symbol. Wailana Kalama
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Joanna Grochocka
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December in History

December in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of December. Adam Węgłowski
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In Search of Hope
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In Search of Hope
Letter to a Young Climate Activist on the First Day of the New Decade

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Don’t stop being angry but also don’t lose sight of beauty. A letter to a young climate activist. Rebecca Solnit

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The Lost Dream of the Future
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The Lost Dream of the Future
An Interview with Clive Hamilton

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Clive Hamilton talks about the importance of preparing for a harsher future, the role of big businesses in climate change denial, and why we must abandon the idea of endless progress. Agata Kasprolewicz

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Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
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Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
The Story of the Bean

Reading / science
Where does coffee come from? An article about the origins of the famous brew from the 1949 edition of “Przekrój”. Marian Dienstl-Dąbrowa
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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

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On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski

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The Dark Side of the Sun

The Dark Side of the Sun
Demons in the Shadows

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Light and darkness, that which is clearly illuminated or lies hidden in the shadows, have both literal and figurative meanings in mythology and religion. Adam Aduszkiewicz
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Thoughts on the End of Humanity

Thoughts on the End of Humanity
Towards a Sustainable Culinary Future

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In the face of ecological disaster, some people are taking a stand against destructive food practices. Local ingredients, zero waste and edible plates are just a handful of the ideas they are implementing. Monika Kucia

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A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times

A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times
An Interview with László Nemes

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László Nemes talks about his latest film “Sunset”, directing a slower-paced cinema, and his domestic freedom as a Hungarian filmmaker. Magdalena Maksimiuk
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Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

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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

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Our Sisters’ Auntie

Our Sisters’ Auntie
The Life of Alaiza Pashkevich

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Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity. Marta Panas-Goworska i Andrzej Goworski 
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There Is No Spoon
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There Is No Spoon
The Meditative Mind

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The teachings of the Buddha (and the writing of secular journalist Robert Wright) can help us understand how to free ourselves from the captivity of the brain. Aleksandra Reszelska

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Independent of Everyone

Independent of Everyone
An Interview with Agi Mishol

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Israeli poet Agi Mishol talks about old age, her family’s memories of Europe, and the role of nature in poetry. Paulina Małochleb 
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

The Youth of the 40-Year-Old

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Reaching the age of 40 is a milestone for many, but what sort of milestone? Is it a step into carefree maturity? Or the last throes of youth?
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A City in Ruins

A City in Ruins
The Aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising

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World War II may have been coming to an end in the summer of 1945, but its destruction was palpable all across Poland. An early issue of “Przekrój” reflected on this. Ewa Pawlik
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He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph

He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph
A Conversation About the Legacy of Robert Frank

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Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about out of focus photographs, deckchairs, and colliding with the world at “Unseen”, an exhibition of Robert Frank’s work at the renowned gallery, C/O Berlin. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska

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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two ♫

Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two ♫

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In Chechnya, the centuries-old Caucasian honour code is slowly being eroded by the bloody politics of Ramzan Kadyrov. Original publication by Wojciech Jagielski.
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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Coping with COVID-19

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Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient

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Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*

Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*
Silence in Antiquity

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Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began… Paweł Janiszewski
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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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Out of America

Out of America
A Tale from the Second Generation

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In his latest novel “Homeland Elegies”, American playwright and author Ayad Akhtar crafts a tale of the complexities of being a second generation citizen in 21st-century America. Paulina Wilk
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Matthew Coachinger

The Practice of Heedlessness

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Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the practice of developing a truly heedless mind.
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The Power of Fasting
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The Power of Fasting
How to Fast

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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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The Saw/Sand Redemption

The Saw/Sand Redemption
Woodwork, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Reclaimed Timber

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Woodworking is not only a profession – it is also a hobby for those interested in the creative possibilities of wood. It can also have a positive impact on its practitioners’ mental health and wellbeing. Enis Yucekoralp

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Write for “Przekrój”!

Write for “Przekrój”!

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The international version of “Przekrój” is now looking to commission original content in English. Ready to join us? Przekrój 
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

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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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Miha
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Never Stop Trying

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Next Stop: Maturity

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
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Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

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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
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Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

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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
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The Limits of Clean Energy

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If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

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American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
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How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health

Reading / science
Move over, forest bathing. Derek Beres
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7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
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7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi
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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
But Being Kind Recalibrates Our Nervous System

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Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell
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Dream Travellers
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Dream Travellers
An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming

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Lucid dreaming describes the act of becoming aware that we are dreaming while asleep. How can we practice it and what are its benefits? Tomasz Wiśniewski