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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Andrzej Kula

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Boudica Was Victorious

Boudica Was Victorious
Roman Britain’s Warrior Queen

Magazine / society
Boudica, the queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, led a revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain. She will not be forgotten any time soon. Andrzej Kula
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You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily

You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily
Chekhov and Sakhalin Island

Magazine / culture
In the late 19th-century, Anton Chekhov visited the penal colony on Sakhalin island and wrote about the fate of the convicts there. What did he see? Andrzej Kula
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The Digital Precambrian

The Digital Precambrian
The World’s First Computer System

Magazine / society
More than half a century ago, PLATO became the world’s first computer system. But it soon ran into some problems that we still experience today... Andrzej Kula
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How Arne Sowed the Seed

How Arne Sowed the Seed
The Father of Deep Ecology

Magazine / society
Almost half a century ago, the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss created the concept of deep ecology. We still have much to learn from his principles today. Andrzej Kula
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The Raft of Thor

The Raft of Thor
The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Magazine / society
The Kon-Tiki expedition aimed to prove that Polynesians were descended from the Indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Its results were impressive, but problematic. Andrzej Kula
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The Haka

The Haka
A Māori Tradition

Magazine / culture
The haka – a traditional Māori dance – is well-known from the New Zealand rugby team. What are its cultural origins? Andrzej Kula
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More Than a Thousand Words

More Than a Thousand Words
How the Neuraths Created Isotype

Magazine / culture
Isotype – the set of pictorial symbols developed by Otto and Marie Neurath – was an egalitarian project, aimed at developing a universal language for communicating social-scientific data. Andrzej Kula
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The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk

The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
A Real-Life Robinson Crusoe

Magazine / culture
In 1704, Alexander Selkirk found himself exiled on the island of Más a Tierra, next to South America. Our author channels Selkirk’s voice to recount his seafaring life. Andrzej Kula
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The Fabulous Bryan Boys
sports

The Fabulous Bryan Boys
Tennis’s Champion Twins

Magazine / society
Mike and Bob Bryan don’t exist as single entities. They are the Bryan brothers – the twins who became the best tennis doubles team of all time. Andrzej Kula
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Mount Tenzing
sports

Mount Tenzing
The First Man on Everest

Magazine / society
Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Mount Everest, alongside Edmund Hillary. This was an incredible feat, even for a Sherpa. Andrzej Kula
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The Little Brother of War
sports

The Little Brother of War
The History of Lacrosse

Magazine / society
Lacrosse is North America’s oldest sport, practised by the various Native American peoples long before the Europeans colonized their land – and the game. Andrzej Kula
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As Athletic as a Yak
sports

As Athletic as a Yak
Mushrooms and Doping

Magazine / science
According to legend, Amanita muscaria – the fly agaric mushroom – has incredible strengthening properties. Might athletes gain an advantage from consuming fungi? Andrzej Kula
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No Bread, No Circuses
sports

No Bread, No Circuses
The Olympics and Climate Change

Magazine / society
The pandemic has already delayed the 2020 Olympic Games. But sporting tournaments are already facing a larger issue: global warming. Andrzej Kula
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Enthusiasm Goes by Many Names
sports

Enthusiasm Goes by Many Names
Why Choose to Lose?

Magazine / society
It seems clear why Olympic athletes are driven to compete in their sporting disciplines. But what about the perennial losers who persevere in the face of inevitable defeat? Andrzej Kula
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The Race for the Pole
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The Race for the Pole
An Antarctic Challenge

Magazine / culture
Few sporting challenges are as physically and psychologically taxing as crossing the Antarctic continent, solo and unaided. Yet that is precisely what Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd set out to do. Andrzej Kula
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula