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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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A Heat Storm Is Coming

A Heat Storm Is Coming
An Unheard Literary Voice

Reading / culture
In her debut novel “We Are All Birds of Uganda”, lawyer Hafsa Zayyan tells a nuanced story of memory and identity, representing the voice of Asian Africans in literature. Paulina Wilk

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Nobody Home

Nobody Home
There’s Nothing Wrong with Migration

Reading / culture
In her latest book “The Next Great Migration”, American science journalist Sonia Shah presents an evidenced picture of how migration has always been with us – for the better. Paulina Wilk

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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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Kind by Nature

Kind by Nature
Have Faith in Humanity

Reading / culture
In his latest book “Humankind: A Hopeful History”, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman deconstructs the idea of humanity as inherently evil to paint a much more optimistic portrait of human nature. Paulina Wilk

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A Beast of a Board Game

A Beast of a Board Game
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Reading / culture
If you’re self-isolating at home with your family or housemates during the pandemic, why not take on a truly co-operative and creative task: trying your hand at surviving on a deserted, dangerous island? Dariusz Kuźma
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All Heaven in a Rage

All Heaven in a Rage
Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

Reading / culture
In her most recently translated novel, Olga Tokarczuk crafts an existential whodunnit, helped by the guiding spirit of William Blake. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain on some of the less savoury hunting practices in Poland. Sam Pulham

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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski

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A Watchman over Forgotten Lines

A Watchman over Forgotten Lines
Stefan Grabiński’s “The Motion Demon”

Reading / culture
The supernatural prose of Stefan Grabiński reveals a plethora of earthbound horror that is right before our eyes. This is particularly apparent in his collection of railway-themed uncanny tales, “The Motion Demon”. Sam Pulham
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The Republic of Friendship

The Republic of Friendship
Closeness on the Margins

Magazine / Review
In her latest book “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World”, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak tells the story of Tequila Leila – seemingly a nobody, but with a group of five misfit friends who seem to transcend life itself. Paulina Wilk

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War, Never Again?

War, Never Again?
A Century of Anti-Fascist Art

Reading / culture
What can art do about fascism? Where does the border between artistic creation and propaganda lie? And can the latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw answer either of these questions? Stach Szabłowski
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A Subversive Master of Earnestness

A Subversive Master of Earnestness
Marina Abramović Returns to Belgrade

Reading / culture
Marina Abramović has finally returned to her hometown Belgrade with the retrospective exhibition “The Cleaner”. How does the performance artist’s legacy resonate in the city that she has largely left behind? Ana Uzelac

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It’s Okay to Panic!
Mind the climate

It’s Okay to Panic!
A Film About Climate Expertise

Reading / science
Jonathan L. Ramsey’s latest documentary “It’s Okay to Panic” deals with the global climate crisis – and the seemingly marginalized voice of experts therein. Anna Tatarska
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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

Reading / culture
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder. Paulina Wilk

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Typical Hype

Typical Hype
A Normal Novel

Reading / Review
Sally Rooney’s second novel “Normal People” has garnered plenty of praise, but is it deserving of its acclaim? Agata Sikora
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Out of America

Out of America
A Tale from the Second Generation

Reading / culture
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

Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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Miłosz Artefact
Mind the climate

Miłosz Artefact
On Czesław Miłosz and Solastalgia

Reading / society
Czesław Miłosz’s poem “And the City Stood in Its Brightness” deals with loss. It also allows us to reflect on solastalgia, or environmental grief. Anna Mitchell
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Delighted Man
Mind the climate

Delighted Man
The Metaphysics of Nature Conservation

Magazine / science
Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions. Michał Książek
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The Power of Narrative
Mind the climate

The Power of Narrative
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Magazine / society
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason talks about how to write about climate change, the intersection of death and nature, and Iceland’s sacred cow. Maria Hawranek
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Growth Is Killing Us
Mind the climate

Growth Is Killing Us
An Interview with Jason Hickel

Magazine / society
Economic anthropologist Jason Hickel talks about the pitfalls of growth, and how we can pursue an economic model that protects human wellbeing and the environment. Paulina Wilk

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 to get materialism under control in your life
bigthink

How to get materialism under control in your life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman
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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma
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My Mini Me
healthy living

My Mini Me
On Yoga and Maternity

Magazine / society
What do yoga and maternity have in common? How can taking control of our body help us to reflect on how we view ourselves and our children? Ludwika Włodek
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The Intentional Life
healthy living

The Intentional Life
How to Cultivate Intentions

Magazine / society
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions. Maria Hawranek