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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!

Jan Pelczar

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Script Hunting

Script Hunting
An Interview with Tomasz Bąk

Magazine / science
Neurolinguist Tomasz Bąk talks about the letters and symbols of various world alphabets, as well as how brain diseases can affect language. Jan Pelczar
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Tall Dark Stranger

Tall Dark Stranger
Pandemic Diaries

Reading / society
As the pandemic continues, one of our contributors imagines a future in which social isolation, lockdown and climate change have all become the new normal. Jan Pelczar
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Introducing Ludwik

Introducing Ludwik
A Cat Lover’s Surprise

Magazine / society
A cat lover has a surprise after dating a dog owner – and increasingly finding himself walking man’s best friend. Jan Pelczar
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Revenge on the White Bourgeois

Revenge on the White Bourgeois
An Interview with Burhan Qurbani

Reading / culture
Director Burhan Qurbani talks about his latest film “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and the mirror it holds to contemporary German society. Jan Pelczar
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In the Valley of the Gods

In the Valley of the Gods
An Interview with Lech Majewski

Magazine / culture
Director Lech Majewski talks about his experiences with the Navajo people, the importance of artists in cinema, and his latest film “Valley of the Gods”. Jan Pelczar
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What’s in a Joke?

What’s in a Joke?
An Interview with Marcin Napiórkowski

Magazine / science
Humour scholar Marcin Napiórkowski talks about jokes in antiquity, liberal and conservative humour, and the importance of laughter. Jan Pelczar
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The Australian Alcatraz

The Australian Alcatraz
An Interview with Bartosz Twaróg

Magazine / society
Traveller Bartosz Twaróg talks about the unjust history of the Aboriginal peoples sent to Palm Island, where they were subjected to colonial violence for decades. Jan Pelczar
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The Best Routine Is no Routine

The Best Routine Is no Routine
An Interview with Harlan Coben

Reading / culture
Harlan Coben talks about writing crime during the pandemic, the global reach of Netflix, and the Polish-language adaptation of his novel “The Woods”. Jan Pelczar
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There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark

There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark
An Interview with Ilona Wiśniewska

Magazine / society
Reportage journalist Ilona Wiśniewska talks about living in the north of Norway, experiencing the northern lights, and preparing for the polar night. Jan Pelczar
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To Give Back Love

To Give Back Love
An Interview with Bartosz Bielenia

Reading / culture
Bartosz Bielenia – star of “Corpus Christi”, Poland’s Oscar candidate – talks about the act of impersonation, his lifelong fascination with performance, and the loss of Robin Williams. Jan Pelczar
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Listening to the Stars

Listening to the Stars
An Interview with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

Magazine / culture
Polish composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil talks about an incredible moment in Nazareth, the importance of silence for composers, and the inspiring beauty of hearing the forest. Jan Pelczar
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We Live Inside the Sun

We Live Inside the Sun
An Interview with Paweł Preś

Magazine / science
Astronomer Paweł Preś talks about geomagnetic storms, drunk photons, and why the sun is much more powerful than we could ever imagine. Jan Pelczar
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The Man Who Tames the Elements
Mind the climate

The Man Who Tames the Elements
An Interview with Olafur Eliasson

Magazine / culture
Olafur Eliasson talks about recreating the sun, light in art, and engaging with the world beyond the gallery. Jan Pelczar