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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!

Mikołaj Golachowski

is a polar explorer with a PhD in natural sciences, who spends four months every year in Antarctica and in the Arctic. Mikołaj writes about nature for both children and adults. His latest books are “Czochralem antarktycznego słonia” [I’ve Ruffled an Antarctic Elephant] (Marginesy, 2016) and “Gęby, dzioby i nochale” [Gobs, Beaks and Schnozzes] (Babaryba, 2016).

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To Be a Dolphin

To Be a Dolphin
In Praise of a Most Intelligent Mammal

Magazine / science
Dolphins are, by all accounts, awe-inspiring creatures. Perhaps they are even more intelligent than us human beings… Mikołaj Golachowski
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Antarctica, My Love

Antarctica, My Love
An Ode to the ‘Unknown Continent’

Magazine / science
Heaven is a place on Earth – it’s known as Antarctica, the freezing southern-most land where curiosity, cooperation and good will is in abundance between humans and animals. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Domesticated by Cats

Domesticated by Cats
In Praise of Felines

Magazine / society
After a long day at work, there’s nothing like stroking our furriest of friends for a spot of relaxation. And they’re well aware of it – domestic cats have evolved in a way that benefits us both. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Brainy Cephalopods

Brainy Cephalopods

Magazine / science
Squids and octopuses are intelligent creatures with an unearthly beauty, as illustrated perfectly by the paintings of Ernst Haeckel. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Cetacean, or There and Back Again

The Cetacean, or There and Back Again
From Pakicetus to Orcas

Magazine / science
Marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales, are adapted to aquatic environments. Our correspondent traces their journey from land to water, starting 49 million years ago. Mikołaj Golachowski
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A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
Mind the climate

A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
The Future of the Barents Sea

Magazine / science
One of the world’s greatest ecosystems is dying before our eyes due to global warming. Our Arctic correspondent recounts the tragedy of the Barents Sea. Mikołaj Golachowski
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How Do I Live Without You?

How Do I Live Without You?
The Surprising Connections Between Species

Magazine / science
Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Beauty of Improvisation

The Beauty of Improvisation
Accidents in Evolution

Reading / science
We tend to think of evolution as a progressive chain of perfection. In fact, the beauty of evolution lies in its accidents and improvisations. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Polar Bear and the Penguin

The Polar Bear and the Penguin
A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Magazine / science
Penguins and polar bears, in spite of their shared tolerance for cold climates, couldn’t live further apart. In fact, there are many differences between the fauna of the Arctic and Antarctic. Mikołaj Golachowski