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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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Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”

Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“At that point the old man appropriately recalled that, in the preceding night, he had dreamed of a stove, and to dream of a stove is a sign of sorrow.” An excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s “The Dependents”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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Daisies Forever

Daisies Forever
How to Pickle Daisies

Magazine / society
Daisies contain flavonoids and vitamin C – even better, they can be picked in the wild and pickled in a jar. Łukasz Łuczaj
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Kindle the Fire Within
healthy living

Kindle the Fire Within
The Tibetan Practice of Tummo

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique of ‘tummo’ allows monks to generate inner yogic heat. This practice could have benefits for body and mind alike. Aleksandra Kozłowska

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Crazy, Real, Supernatural!

Crazy, Real, Supernatural!
The World of the Surrealists

Magazine / culture
In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful. Agnieszka Taborska

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Simple Answers Don’t Exist

Simple Answers Don’t Exist
An Interview with Carl Zimmer

Magazine / science
Popular science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the multitude of ways in which we can define life and death, and what this means for us. Jan Dzierzgowski
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In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality

In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality
The Way of a Pilgrim

Magazine / culture
“The Way of a Pilgrim” is a classic work of 19th-century Eastern Orthodox mysticism that charts the travels of an anonymous Russian ascetic. Its influence has also spread to the West. Mikołaj Gliński
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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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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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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Sour Milk, Sweet Life
A seasonal dish

Sour Milk, Sweet Life
How to Make Your Own Yoghurt

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt. dr Ryan Bromley
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The Fabricating Mind

The Fabricating Mind
When Memory Fails You

Magazine / science
As the pioneering work of Elizabeth Loftus shows, memory is fallible – and can, in fact, be replaced by imagination when we are asked to recall past events. Sylwia Niemczyk
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On the Holy Lake

On the Holy Lake
Life on Lake Titicaca

Magazine / society
Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. What significance does it hold for the Indigenous people who live on the lake? Maciej Wesołowski

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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What Comes After Growth?
Mind the climate

What Comes After Growth?
An Interview about Food Sovereignty and Cooperativism

Magazine / society
Wojciech Mejor – a leading figure in the Polish post-growth movement – talks about food sovereignty, food cooperativism and alternatives to capitalism. Katarzyna  Michalczak
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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

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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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Daisies Forever

Daisies Forever
How to Pickle Daisies

Magazine / society
Daisies contain flavonoids and vitamin C – even better, they can be picked in the wild and pickled in a jar. Łukasz Łuczaj
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Trembling Bodies
healthy living

Trembling Bodies
The Life of Alexander Lowen

Magazine / society
Alexander Lowen – the creator of bioenergetic analysis – developed a psychotherapeutic technique that placed equal focus on the importance of both mind and body. Sylwia Niemczyk
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Kindle the Fire Within
healthy living

Kindle the Fire Within
The Tibetan Practice of Tummo

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique of ‘tummo’ allows monks to generate inner yogic heat. This practice could have benefits for body and mind alike. Aleksandra Kozłowska
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In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health
Turmeric Pickle and Cedarwood Oil

Magazine / society
According to phytotherapy and aromatherapy, both turmeric root and cedarwood oil can help in preventing and getting rid of infections. Dominika Bok