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Double Axell

Double Axell
Evelyne Axell at Muzeum Susch

Reading / culture
The exhibition “Evelyne Axell: Body Double” at Muzeum Susch in Switzerland returns the eponymous artist to her rightful place in the pop art canon. Ewa Borysiewicz

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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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Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does
Big Think

Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does

Reading / society
Eastern traditions have complex views on how karma affects your life. Paul Ratner

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Mothers of Kings

Mothers of Kings
The Secret Workings of Chimpanzee Politics

Magazine / science
Magdalena Braum, a primatologist and veterinarian in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, talks about how chimpanzees discovered politics long before humans. Agnieszka Wójcińska

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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
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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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The Armband
short story

The Armband

Reading / literature
One day, six-year-old Helena is gifted a ‘magical’ armband by her friend Tomek. But the armband has some unexpected effects... An excerpt from the book “Kotka Brygidy” [Brygida’s Cat], set in wartime Warsaw. Joanna Rudniańska
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

The Power of Literature
An Interview with Radka Denemarková

Reading / culture
Radka Denemarková talks about feminism, exclusion, and the role of women in her novels “A Contribution to the History of Joy” and “Kobold”. Anita Musioł

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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫

The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫

Media / Audio
We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski.
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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Spurious Savannas

Spurious Savannas
The Naive Assumptions of Evolutionary Psychology

Magazine / science
Evolutionary psychology often provides simple explanations that ignore the effects of culture on human behaviour. Our correspondent explores one of science’s more spurious branches. January Weiner
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The Map of Violence Is Mutating

The Map of Violence Is Mutating
An Interview with Óscar Martínez

Reading / society
Óscar Martínez talks about criminal control of migration in Mexico, the realities of life in El Salvador, and why the subjects of reportage are its real heroes. Aleksandra Lipczak

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Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
Mind the climate

Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading / society
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather, talks about pursuing an environmental way of life, the power of poetry, and how he engages in constructive conversation about climate. Julia Fiedorczuk
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Why very smart people are happiest alone

Why very smart people are happiest alone

Magazine / science
A new study looks at our comfort in being around other people as a byproduct of evolution. Robby Berman

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The Sorrows of Young Cornflower

The Sorrows of Young Cornflower
An Alternative Floral History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which one of the great literary talents was, in fact, an intensely blue flower. Adam Węgłowski
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Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Jarosław  Mikołajewski

Archaic and Eternal Time in the Mediterranean Sea

Reading / society
The Mediterranean Sea is a crossroads of the dispossessed, a place that bears witness to both watery deaths and renewed lives. A writer reflects on its timelessness, and what it might reveal about humanity.
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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Poematic

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska
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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

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Trampled Nobility

Trampled Nobility

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the mirabelle plum – a juicy, yellow delight that finds its way into all sorts of liquers and sauces. Monika Kucia
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The Age of the Roma Witch
cross-border reportage

The Age of the Roma Witch
A European Witch Hunt

Reading / society
What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the third part include the fortune-telling Roma witches of Romania. Ana Maria Luca

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part II)

Reading / feuilleton
Silence is so difficult to find; even when we think we’ve found it, we still have to deal with our own internal psychological noise.
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A Puzzling Artwork (1)

A Puzzling Artwork (1)

Reading / culture
We present a new quiz series, involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The works of the artist in question often depict hidden symbols, intended to influence the viewer’s psyche... Tomasz Wichrowski

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Rozmowa z Pawłem Ponurym Żukowskim

Rozmowa z Pawłem Ponurym Żukowskim

Reading / culture
Stach Szabłowski
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Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Media / Photo
“Cliffhanger” consists of works from the latest projects of Weronika Gęsicka – “Holiday”, “Cocoon” and “Smash” – which are based on archival pictures from photo banks. They attempt to capture the tensions and fears that we have come to face nowadays.
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I would prefer not to talk about this

I would prefer not to talk about this

Media / Photo
One of the first pieces I intended to make for this exhibition was a very large photograph of a field of rapeseed spreading across the horizon. The inspiration came from an old wives’ tale that scolded children for looking at a flowering field of rapeseed in the sun. They say that a person can be blinded by looking at bright yellow rapeseed in the stark glare of the sun. I enjoyed the suggestion of visual violence that this phrase carried with it.
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Captain Nobody
short story

Captain Nobody

Reading / literature
We imagine how Captain Nemo might have looked, had he been a Polish aristocrat fighting Russian tyranny, as Jules Verne originally intended in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. Adam Węgłowski

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Weather for Bogotá

Weather for Bogotá
Colombia’s Super Mayors

Magazine / society
The capital of Colombia has seen a revolution across the past few decades, as everyday life has become increasingly better for its inhabitants. This peaceful change has been led by the city’s mayors. Maciej Wesołowski
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

On Walruses

Reading / feuilleton
The nature documentary “Our Planet” portrays in shocking scenes how we, humans, are directly contributing to the suffering of animals that rely on sea ice. It is imperative that we do not become complacent about such distress.
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Buy “Przekrój”, Sir

Buy “Przekrój”, Sir
Our Magazine in the 1990s

Magazine / society
In the early 1990s, Poland was undergoing a political and economic transformation away from communism. Naturally, “Przekrój” had to adapt to the times, too. Ewa Pawlik
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Following the Example of Nature

Following the Example of Nature
Six Inventions Inspired by the Natural World

Magazine / science
Sometimes, nature is simply ahead of us humans. We present six scientific developments that take their cue from plants and animals. prof. Paweł Kafarski

Opinion
Read
Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

Read

Next Stop: Maturity

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
Read
Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
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
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
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
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
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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

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 a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
big think

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
big think

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"
big think

Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
But Being Kind Recalibrates Our Nervous System

Magazine / science
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
healthy living

Dream Travellers
An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming

Magazine / science
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