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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

Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part II)

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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The World Can Be Changed

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
True, it wasn’t us, but corporations that destroyed the Earth’s climate. Having said that, let’s start acting now, because there is no time to waste and no-one else will do it for us.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems

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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On Walruses

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Evie Shockley’s “in this light”

Evie Shockley’s poem “in this light” tackles three Impressionist paintings in a way that shows the poet’s incredible synesthetic imagination.
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In Search of Silence (Part I)

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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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Zbigniew
Libera

Without End

Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
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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.