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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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Knock Before You Enter
healthy living

Knock Before You Enter
A Conversation with Natalia de Barbaro

Magazine / society
An author and psychologist talks about the power of sensitivity, empathy, and the importance of having one’s own room. Monika Kucia

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The Island of Calm Souls

The Island of Calm Souls
A Unique Community on Tenerife

Magazine / society
On the north-eastern coast of Tenerife lies a small village. The community in Roque Bermejo have found their own, unique way of living. Maria Górz
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Our Fungal Friends

Our Fungal Friends
Six Surprising Uses for Mushrooms

Magazine / science
We should not only think of mushrooms for their culinary uses – fungi hold immense ecological potential to repair the environment. Łukasz Nowacki
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Earth Alienation

Earth Alienation
Hannah Arendt on Outer Space

Reading / science
In early 2020, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its first human passengers into space. What might an essay written by Hannah Arendt in the 1960s tell us about the commercialization of outer space? Shoaib Shafi

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A Kibbutz on the Couch

A Kibbutz on the Couch
An Interview with Shai Orr

Magazine / society
Israeli therapist Shai Orr – author of the book “Miraculous Parenting” – talks about education, kibbutzim, and what it means to be successful. Ewa Pawlik
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Carpe Diem
A seasonal dish

Carpe Diem
How to Make Polish Christmas Coconut Carp Curry

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert reflects on the Polish tradition of eating carp on Christmas Eve, and gives a recipe for coconut carp curry. dr Ryan Bromley

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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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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
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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A Story No One Has Told Yet

A Story No One Has Told Yet
An Interview with Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska

Reading / culture
Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska, the producers of the film “Who Will Write Our History”, talk about the little-known history of Jewish social activist Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes archive. Paulina Małochleb 

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In Search of Hope
Mind the climate

In Search of Hope
Letter to a Young Climate Activist on the First Day of the New Decade

Magazine / society
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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Script Hunting

Script Hunting
An Interview with Tomasz Bąk

Magazine / science
Neurolinguist Tomasz Bąk talks about the letters and symbols of various world alphabets, as well as how brain diseases can affect language. Jan Pelczar

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The Race for the Pole
sports

The Race for the Pole
An Antarctic Challenge

Magazine / culture
Few sporting challenges are as physically and psychologically taxing as crossing the Antarctic continent, solo and unaided. Yet that is precisely what Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd set out to do. Andrzej Kula
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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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Hello, Christiansø?

Hello, Christiansø?
Life on the Ertholmene Archipelago

Magazine / society
Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Ewa Pawlik
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The Forest of Unread Books

The Forest of Unread Books
A Future Library in Norway

Reading / culture
A short trip from downtown Oslo brings you to Frønsvollen hill, home of the Future Library Forest. Its creators hope that it will preserve books for our uncertain future. Klara Kowtun & Piotr Żelazny

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The Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Magazine / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński
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New Jesus
short story

New Jesus

Reading / literature
In the future, people and dogs walk on water. This short story by an award-winning American novelist is the story of a certain beginning. Tommy Orange

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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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On Rowanberries and Parsnip

On Rowanberries and Parsnip

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment. Monika Kucia

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Taylor
Fang
Taylor Fang

We Asked Teenagers What Adults Are Missing About Technology

Reading / society
Social media allows young people to explore how they express themselves, says the winner of a youth essay contest organized by “MIT Technology Review”, in response to the question: “What do adults not know about my generation and technology?”
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In Your Prime

In Your Prime
Plants for Youth and Longevity

Magazine / society
According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life. Dominika Bok

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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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The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura

The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura
A Journey into Morphic Resonance

Magazine / science
Aura is depicted in a variety of art and myths; it is also described by adherents of esotericism. But can it be proven scientifically? Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Darkness He Called Night
deep soundings

The Darkness He Called Night

Reading / literature
“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’. Charles Bernstein
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Why Go Barefoot?
healthy living

Why Go Barefoot?
A Cultural Account of Feet

Magazine / society
Bare feet manifest many meanings – from the religious to health and the everyday. Anna Berestecka

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The Cabinet of Earthly Delights

The Cabinet of Earthly Delights
Wilhelm Reich’s Sexual Revolution

Magazine / science
With his orgone accumulator, Wilhelm Reich intended to heal the world through a sexual revolution. In reality, it was not quite as profound. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
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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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An Allergy to Sounds

An Allergy to Sounds
The Excruciating Pain of Misophonia

Reading / culture
People with misophonia are hypersensitive to certain sounds. The condition can trigger strong negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety. Iza Smelczyńska
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Caucasian Fusion

Caucasian Fusion
How to Make Georgian Pkhali

Magazine / society
Pkhali – balls of wild leaves mixed with nuts and spices – are popular cuisine in Georgia, where the locals enjoy a close relationship to nature. Łukasz Łuczaj

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems

Reading / literature
The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.
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Sometimes I Dream About the War

Sometimes I Dream About the War
An Interview with Artem Chekh

Reading / society
Artem Chekh, a Ukrainian writer and veteran of the war in Donbas, talks about his experiences at the front and how they changed his worldview from the bubble of Kyiv. Łukasz Saturczak

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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

A Springtime Artist

Reading / culture
The art of Egon Schiele throbs with the unhealthy vitality of risqué eroticism, which, according to our author, makes him the perfect springtime artist.
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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading
An Interview with Alice Lugen

Reading / society
The investigative journalist Alice Lugen talks about what might have happened in the Dyatlov Pass tragedy, when a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals. Stasia Budzisz

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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
Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Read

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.

Group 2

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Nicola’s Fungi

Nicola’s Fungi
An Interview with an Urban Mushroom Farmer

Magazine / society
Nicola Dominici talks about opening his vegan restaurant and becoming an urban mushroom farmer in Miami. Ewa Pawlik
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A Craving for Cranberries

A Craving for Cranberries
What to Do with Cranberry Fruit

Magazine / society
The edible red fruit of the cranberry shrub is antiseptic, antioxidative and medicinal. It can be used to make juice, liqueur and preserves. Dominika Bok
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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