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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!

Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part I)

To our detriment, silence is in short supply. In fact, noise can be harmful to both us humans and the environment we live in.
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Meditations of a Lazybones

Wojciech
Mann
Wojciech Mann
A lazybones presents his political manifesto for... laziness.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Jellyfish

An anecdote about rescuing washed-up jellyfish can teach us a broader lesson about how we might treat the environment we live in.
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The Art of Heedless Travel

Matthew
Coachinger
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to take the most heedless holiday possible.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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The Energy for Change

Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski
A young environmental activist outlines why climate is the pressing issue of his generation.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue.
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On Interbeing

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Interconnectedness – the idea that everything is connected with everything else – is a pertinent example of how science can meet with poetry and spirituality.
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

The Girls with Pigtails

On 14th June 2019, 13-year-old Inga Zasowska started her climate strike outside the Polish parliament. It’s children like Inga and Greta Thunberg who can bring us hope – if only we would listen to them.
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Children Are People Too. Theoretically

Agnieszka
Stein
Agnieszka Stein
A psychologist reflects on how our adult society built on hierarchies is letting down children.
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Are Art People Worse Than Hired Killers?

In the horror film “Velvet Buzzsaw”, vengeful artworks murder, disembowel and decapitate those who work in the art world. Why don’t we like people from this milieu?
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The Practice of Heedlessness

Matthew
Coachinger
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the practice of developing a truly heedless mind.
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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
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For Free

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
To look up at the marvellous, shape-shifting clouds costs nothing, but can make you feel incredibly rich.
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Stanisław
Bereś

A Typescript Found in a Folder

A previously unknown short story by science fiction author Stanisław Lem was recently discovered in his archives. A literary scholar discusses how “The Hunt” remained hidden for so long, and what the story might mean.
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A Gotham-Like Depression

Kuba
Janicki
Kuba Janicki
A local reflects on the poisonous mystery of Kraków’s omnipresent smog, which first permeated the public consciousness around the same time that anti-pollution activists arrived in the city.
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Ludwika
Włodek

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us

We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other.
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What Are You Reading, Mr President?

Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country.