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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!

Maria Hawranek

is an independent reporter, born in 1987. She works alongside Szymon Opryszek, with whom she published the books “Tańczymy już tylko w Zaduszki” [We Only Dance on All Soul’s Day Now] (2016) and “Wyhoduj sobie wolność. Reportaże z Urugwaju” [Grow Yourself Some Freedom: Reportage from Uruguay] (2018). A lover of Latin America and life in the countryside.

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The Intentional Life
healthy living

The Intentional Life
How to Cultivate Intentions

Magazine / society
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions. Maria Hawranek
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Between Control and Hallucination

Between Control and Hallucination
An Interview with Anil Seth

Magazine / science
Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality. Maria Hawranek
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The Power of Narrative
Mind the climate

The Power of Narrative
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Magazine / society
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason talks about how to write about climate change, the intersection of death and nature, and Iceland’s sacred cow. Maria Hawranek
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All the Deaths of Elisabeth

All the Deaths of Elisabeth
The Life of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Magazine / society
The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a pioneer in the study of dying and grief, paving the way for the hospice care movement. Maria Hawranek
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Live to Die

Live to Die
Death in the Tana Toraja Community

Magazine / society
The Tana Toraja community in Indonesia treats death as a long, tender goodbye – thereby forging a strong connection with the lives of the departed. Maria Hawranek
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The Anxious Heart

The Anxious Heart
An Interview with Sandeep Jauhar

Magazine / science
Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar talks about how to live with a healthy heart, the importance of family doctors, and why his profession needs a new paradigm. Maria Hawranek
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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
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Jungle, Our Healer
healthy living

Jungle, Our Healer
Botanical Medicine in the Americas

Magazine / society
In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments. Maria Hawranek
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Sun in a Jar

Sun in a Jar
Making Kombucha at Home

Magazine / society
Kombucha is easy enough to make at home. All you need is to order a starter kit with a SCOBY, wait for it to ferment, and then experience a new, healthier life. Maria Hawranek
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Dr. Fungus, M.D.

Dr. Fungus, M.D.
The Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms

Magazine / science
Mushrooms may hold the key to treating a number of diseases, including cancer. In Poland, mycologists are exploring the medicinal potential of fungi in Białowieża Forest. Maria Hawranek
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Laugh Boldly!

Laugh Boldly!
An Interview with Sebastian Gendry

Magazine / society
Sebastian Gendry, creator of the laughter wellness method, talks about the everyday benefits of laughing, as well as its more profound properties. Maria Hawranek
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Teenage Heroes

Teenage Heroes
Three Remarkable Children

Magazine / society
Today’s youth are often maligned by the older generations, yet many of them have the drive and ability to fearlessly change the world. Maria Hawranek
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The Extinction of Silence

The Extinction of Silence
An Interview with Gordon Hempton

Magazine / society
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton talks about the sound of melting snow, what it means to truly listen, and how silence continues to creep away from us. Maria Hawranek
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The Un-Prison

The Un-Prison
Life Inside Uruguay’s Most Progressive Prison

Reading / society
Punta de Rieles is home to around 600 prisoners, 38 small businesses and a thriving inmate community. It also has some of South America’s lowest recidivism rates. Maria Hawranek