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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

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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An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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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Jerzy
Miłkowski
Jerzy Miłkowski

Bloody Ikebana? The Bruce Lee and Karate Craze That Swept Poland

Bruce Lee’s fighting style penetrated the Iron Curtain and found mass popularity in 1970s Poland. A karate teacher recounts its influence on a generation of martial arts fans.
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An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

On Interbeing

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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Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

To look up at the marvellous, shape-shifting clouds costs nothing, but can make you feel incredibly rich.
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A Typescript Found in a Folder

Stanisław
Bereś
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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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.
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Włodek
Goldkorn
Włodek Goldkorn

What Do We Need Memory For?

In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past.
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How to Save the Earth in the Era of the Anthropocene

Edwin
Bendyk
Edwin Bendyk
With global catastrophe on the horizon, a writer asks: what do the Rojava Kurds, Pope Francis, and Silicon Valley visionaries all have in common?
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Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

Many people simply do not understand the experience of being the mother of a child with a disability. One such mother describes the physical and mental strength it requires.
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Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Garbology might seem like a rubbish research field, but it can give important insights into human behaviour.
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Jarosław

Mikołajewski
Jarosław  Mikołajewski

Archaic and Eternal Time in the Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is a crossroads of the dispossessed, a place that bears witness to both watery deaths and renewed lives. A writer reflects on its timelessness, and what it might reveal about humanity.
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If You’ve Never Travelled, You’ve Never Lived

Ziauddin
Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar
A scholar reflects on two types of journeys, described in Islam as 'rihla' and 'safar', and discusses how they can enrich our understanding of the world.
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

A Springtime Artist

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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Hidden Rivers

Urszula
Zajączkowska
Urszula Zajączkowska
The life-giving act of diffusion is a beauty to behold – not just for humans, but also for plants.
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Marcin
Napiórkowski
Marcin Napiórkowski

Is Bitcoin Heading for a Reality Check?

The advent of bitcoin has changed the way we think about currency. Might we also learn some lessons from older commodity money?
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa

Irena
„Kika”
Szaszkiewiczowa
Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
At the ripe old age of 96, Poland’s oldest blogger describes the art of sarcasm and scathing comebacks.