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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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Jakub
Biernat
Jakub Biernat

A Female Revolution

The recent protests in Belarus have been driven by women, throwing Alexander Lukashenko’s disdain for them into sharp contrast.
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Personal Identification Number

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on appreciating what we already have.
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Don’t Follow the Wind

In Japan, the Fukushima exclusion zone is contaminated with nuclear radiation. It is also the site of an atypical art exhibition.
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Learning to Swim

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
What can you learn, while learning to swim, that doesn’t have a whole lot to do with swimming?
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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

The Toolbox

Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on selecting a perfect toolbox.
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Why the New Year Starts in Mid-Winter

Aldona

Kopkiewicz
The Julian New Year starts right in the middle of winter. How can the sparrows from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Story of the Year” help us understand this?
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

No Cards for Father’s Day

Talking to ourselves about death is difficult enough, let alone raising the topic with our children or parents.
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Feel and Understand

Magdalena
Róża
Skoczewska
By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Next Stop: Maturity

Maturity is a strange concept. When we are mature, we don’t feel it within ourselves – yet those younger than us most certainly do.
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The Sadness of the Galaxies

Grzegorz
Uzdański
Grzegorz Uzdański
When we look up into the sky, towards the stars and beyond – to the entire universe itself – it is sometimes hard not to be overcome with a sense existential loneliness.
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

An Army of Santas

In December 1974, a troop of bearded men in red suits took to the streets of Copenhagen. What was their Christmas message?
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We’ll Always Have Ourselves

Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk
Given the year we’ve had, it’s easy to feel hopeless. Our writer – recovering from a certain illness – offers some positive reflections.
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

Post-break-up and amid a global pandemic, our writer decided to follow each and every piece of advice thrown at him to help him through uncertain times.
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A Female Revolution

Jakub
Biernat
Jakub Biernat
The recent protests in Belarus have been driven by women, throwing Alexander Lukashenko’s disdain for them into sharp contrast.
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

In recent months, Black Lives Matter protests against racism have seen the toppling of various statues in the UK and US. In Poland, our statues are being ‘protected’ – from the LGBT rainbow flag.
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Raise Your Own Robot!

Miha
Mazzini
A chance observation of a mother and child in a park leads our writer to reflect on the intersection of technology and emotions.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Cynthia Hogue’s “The Simple”

Cynthia Hogue’s poem “The Simple” is a rejection of the temptation of absolutes.
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A Tuscan Landscape

Looking out from the shore of Italy, across the Mediterranean Sea, a writer reflects on how in a short space of time, so much has changed.