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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!

Paulina Wilk

Paulina Wilk

is Editor of the Culture & Society section, as well as a writer and journalist focusing on global development. Among others, she has published the non-fiction books “Lalki w ogniu” (Dolls on Fire: Stories from Modern India) and “Pojutrze. O miastach przyszłości (After Tomorrow: On Future Cities). She has also written a series of fairy-tales about a teddy bear called Kazimierz. She is the co-creator of the “Kultura nie boli” foundation, the bookshop, café and literary space Big Book Café, and the Big Book Festival.

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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
The Life of Rabindranath Tagore

Magazine / culture
The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland. Paulina Wilk
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The Truest Fiction

The Truest Fiction
A Spoke in the Wheel of Modernity

Magazine / culture
In his latest novel “Elizabeth Finch,” British author Julian Barnes blends fact and fiction to create a compelling critique of contemporary understandings of the past. Paulina Wilk
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Sleep Well
healthy living

Sleep Well
Twelve Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

Magazine / society
Falling asleep at regular times and for regular periods is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. There are a number of ways to encourage it. Paulina Wilk
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Ecstasy through Logic

Ecstasy through Logic
The Radical Optimism of Bertrand Russell

Magazine / science
The British philosopher was both a rebel and pacifist—and one who maintained his convictions and hopes for humanity until the day he died. Paulina Wilk
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Anywhere Will Do

Anywhere Will Do
The Art of Serendipitous Travel

Magazine / society
When traveling it is best to leave some space—both mentally and physically—to increase the odds of a magical happy coincidence happening. Paulina Wilk
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The Many Faces of Decency

The Many Faces of Decency
An Interview About Moral Norms

Magazine / society
Professor of Ethics Paweł Łuków talks about moral norms, what it means to be decent, and how we can relate this to our own behaviour and that of others. Paulina Wilk
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Through Storm and Drought

Through Storm and Drought
The Life of Edith and Frederic Clements

Magazine / science
Edith and Frederic Clements were early pioneers in ecology and the holistic approach to nature – yet their work has not been fully appreciated until recently. Paulina Wilk
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk
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Better Not to Cross the Dreamer

Better Not to Cross the Dreamer
The Revolutionary Economist

Magazine / society
The revolutionary economist Mariana Mazzucato proposes a shift away from profit and big business – and towards state investment in the societies they serve. Paulina Wilk
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Leo’s Last Roar

Leo’s Last Roar
The Life of Sophia and Leo Tolstoy

Magazine / culture
Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months? Paulina Wilk
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All Quiet on the Eastern Front

All Quiet on the Eastern Front
An Interview with Elena Kostyuchenko

Magazine / culture
Journalist and activist Elena Kostyuchenko talks about the dangers of her investigative journalism, the new Russia, and why she will always struggle to leave the country of her birth. Paulina Wilk
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A Time of Gentleness

A Time of Gentleness
An Interview with Ece Temelkuran

Magazine / society
Turkish journalist and author Ece Temelkuran talks about the political power of gentleness amid growing global fascism. Paulina Wilk
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The Fig Tree Remembers

The Fig Tree Remembers
A Lesson in Co-Existence

Magazine / culture
In her latest book “The Island of Missing Trees”, novelist Elif Shafak gives voice to a fig tree, raising pertinent questions about borders and belonging. Paulina Wilk
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An Open Home, A Wandering Home

An Open Home, A Wandering Home
Living in Poverty

Magazine / society
A home is not simply a place of residence; it is part of one’s identity. What does the concept of home mean for those living in poverty? Paulina Wilk
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What Lies Beyond the City

Reading / society
There is one thing I owe to the pandemic. The refreshing thought that the city is not indispensable. I bid farewell to the thought of it as an exclusive synonym for the future.
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Demand Change!

Demand Change!
Inspiring Our Youngest Generation

Magazine / society
Naomi Klein’s latest book “How to Change Everything” (co-written with Rebecca Stefoff) is an inspirational guide, sure to spur the youngest generation to environmental action. Paulina Wilk
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Nobody Home

Nobody Home
There’s Nothing Wrong with Migration

Reading / culture
In her latest book “The Next Great Migration”, American science journalist Sonia Shah presents an evidenced picture of how migration has always been with us – for the better. Paulina Wilk
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A Heat Storm Is Coming

A Heat Storm Is Coming
An Unheard Literary Voice

Reading / culture
In her debut novel “We Are All Birds of Uganda”, lawyer Hafsa Zayyan tells a nuanced story of memory and identity, representing the voice of Asian Africans in literature. Paulina Wilk
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A Discreet Genius

A Discreet Genius
The Life of Ervin László

Magazine / society
The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness. Paulina Wilk
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A Time of Revolt

A Time of Revolt
An Interview with Nadav Eyal

Magazine / society
Israeli journalist Nadav Eyal – author of the book “Revolt: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization” – talks about the crisis of globalization and the ongoing revolt against it. Paulina Wilk
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If There Was No Tomorrow

If There Was No Tomorrow
The Woes of the Japanese Youth

Magazine / society
Faced with a stagnant economy and a demographic crisis, Japanese youth prefer not to think about the future. Instead, they live day-by-day. Paulina Wilk
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Paulina Wilk

We’ll Always Have Ourselves

Reading / society
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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Bright Soul
Healthy Living

Bright Soul
The Life of Peter Deunov

Magazine / society
The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians. Paulina Wilk
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Growth Is Killing Us
Mind the climate

Growth Is Killing Us
An Interview with Jason Hickel

Magazine / society
Economic anthropologist Jason Hickel talks about the pitfalls of growth, and how we can pursue an economic model that protects human wellbeing and the environment. Paulina Wilk
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Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring
Lessons of the Polish Backyard

Magazine / society
Growing up in late communist Poland may have meant lacking material goods, but the sustainable mentality it promoted can teach us something today. Paulina Wilk
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Out of America

Out of America
A Tale from the Second Generation

Reading / culture
In his latest novel “Homeland Elegies”, American playwright and author Ayad Akhtar crafts a tale of the complexities of being a second generation citizen in 21st-century America. Paulina Wilk
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The Unhurried Chronicler of Souls

The Unhurried Chronicler of Souls
A Portrait of Svetlana Alexievich

Reading / society
The work of Belarusian writer and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich is characterized by her enduring patience and willingness to listen to people’s truths. Paulina Wilk
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In Search of Wild Bliss

In Search of Wild Bliss
Food in Nature

Magazine / society
In contemporary society, we are increasingly disconnected from the origin of the food on our plates. But is it even possible to eat wild? Paulina Wilk
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Sister Florence Turns On the Light

Sister Florence Turns On the Light
The Life of Florence Nightingale

Magazine / culture
Florence Nightingale was the pre-eminent pioneer of nursing. Her biography is equally remarkable, as a professional woman in Victorian Britain. Paulina Wilk
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Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!

Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!
The Era of Fake News

Magazine / culture
We live in an era of disinformation; where ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have quickly established themselves in the common language. What can we do about this? Paulina Wilk
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Kind by Nature

Kind by Nature
Have Faith in Humanity

Reading / culture
In his latest book “Humankind: A Hopeful History”, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman deconstructs the idea of humanity as inherently evil to paint a much more optimistic portrait of human nature. Paulina Wilk
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We’re No Longer There

Reading / society
As travel has become more accessible, it has also become more trivialized; an act of event tourism. Will the pandemic change this?
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The Lost Art of Rest
healthy living

The Lost Art of Rest
How to Relax

Magazine / society
Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest? Paulina Wilk
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Flying to Oz

Flying to Oz
An Unpredictable Future

Magazine / society
In a time of unpredictability, it might be best to meet the cyclone head on – and break out of the confines of the status quo. Paulina Wilk
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Of Memes and Old Men

Of Memes and Old Men
The Ethics of the Youth

Magazine / society
Older generations may mock and patronize the youth, yet it is the younger generations’ new ethics of gentleness that we could all learn from. Paulina Wilk
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Bathing in Trees

Bathing in Trees
A Natural Therapy

Magazine / society
Green spaces – such as forests, parks and fields – have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, enabling us to cleanse ourselves of the dirt of modern existence. Paulina Wilk
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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Days of the Gods

Days of the Gods
12 Holidays from the Indian Calendar

Magazine / culture
Naturally – for such a large country with such religious and ethnic diversity – the Indian calendar is quite different to ours in Europe. Here’s a list of all the Indian holidays you always wanted to know about, but were afraid to ask. Paulina Wilk
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When Adults Play Children

When Adults Play Children
The Genius of Walt Disney

Magazine / society
The success of Walt Disney’s amusement park lay in his ability to craft nostalgia and imagination for both children and adults. In this respect, he was a visionary. Paulina Wilk
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Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

Magazine / society
Architect and food visionary Carolyn Steel talks about a culinary approach to a good life, the future of farming, and the importance of sharing food and meals. Paulina Wilk
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The Republic of Friendship

The Republic of Friendship
Closeness on the Margins

Magazine / Review
In her latest book “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World”, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak tells the story of Tequila Leila – seemingly a nobody, but with a group of five misfit friends who seem to transcend life itself. Paulina Wilk
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A Book a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

A Book a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Top 10 Books for a Pandemic

Reading / culture
You are stuck at home. The potatoes, groats and onions are all bought. You have oceans of time, so… read! Here are 10 books to help you extract a little sense and joy from quarantine. Paulina Wilk
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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

Reading / culture
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder. Paulina Wilk
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The Himalayan Super Express

The Himalayan Super Express
The Story of Nirmal Purja

Magazine / society
In 2019, a Nepalese man set off on ‘Project Possible’ – a plan to ascend all 14 eight-thousander mountains in seven months. In the end, he exceeded all expectations. Paulina Wilk
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As Loud as Possible

As Loud as Possible
Urban Noise Pollution

Magazine / society
When was the last time that you were truly surrounded by silence? City life is inevitably always accompanied by noise, and it’s a growing problem for our health. Paulina Wilk
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A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye

A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye
The Shifting Tides of Sundarbans

Magazine / society
At the confluence of three rivers in the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans mangrove forest grows. A beautiful place, yet with rising tides and Bengal tigers, life here is unstable. Paulina Wilk
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The Trouble with Too Many Bodies

The Trouble with Too Many Bodies
Contemporary Cemetery Solutions

Reading / society
As the global population continues to grow, an uncomfortable question arises: where do we find the space to continue storing the deceased? Paulina Wilk
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And Now, I Will Disappear!

And Now, I Will Disappear!
The Final Years of Tiziano Terzani

Magazine / culture
When he was 59 years old, the great Italian journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than heralding the end, it sparked a new chapter in his life. Paulina Wilk
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The Nine-Mouthed River

The Nine-Mouthed River
Life in the Mekong Delta

Magazine / society
In southern Vietnam, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands is home to 20 million people, most of whom rely on the water for their everyday activities and livelihoods. Yet newly-built dams and the imminent climate catastrophe could soon change all of this. Paulina Wilk
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The Girls with Pigtails

Reading / feuilleton
On 14th June 2019, 13-year-old Inga Zasowska started her climate strike outside the Polish parliament. It’s children like Inga and Greta Thunberg who can bring us hope – if only we would listen to them.
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You’ll See When the Rain Comes
Mind the climate

You’ll See When the Rain Comes
A Journey to the Source of the Nile

Magazine / society
The Nile river eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea, but has more humble origins. One such source is the Blue Nile at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, where water can be in short supply for large parts of the year. Paulina Wilk
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What Can Greta Do?
Mind the climate

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk
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A Foundation That’s Falling Apart

A Foundation That’s Falling Apart
Our Dangerous Over-Reliance on Sand

Magazine / society
Sand is a basic ingredient of modern life, most notably as a component of concrete buildings. Our consumption of sand is growing by 10% a year, bringing with it dire ecological consequences. Paulina Wilk
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What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

Media / Audio
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country. Original publication by Paulina Wilk.
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Ten Feet Under

Ten Feet Under
The Gold Rush in Peru’s Amazon Basin

Reading / society
The Madre de Dios region has seen a relentless stream of illegal gold mining. This is taking its toll not only on the Amazonian rainforest, but also on the area’s inhabitants. Paulina Wilk
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Energy Travels Vertically

Energy Travels Vertically
The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda

Magazine / society
In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Paulina Wilk
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Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Energy Travels Vertically ♫

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In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Original text by Paulina Wilk. Read by Konstancja Dangel. Translated by Mark Ordon.
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Paulina Wilk

What Are You Reading, Mr President?

Reading / society
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country.
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The Monsoon Empire

The Monsoon Empire
A Journey Through the Indian Rain

Magazine / society
In monsoon season, India is governed by the irrepressible rhythms of water. The rain brings destruction, but it also brings an abundance of life. Paulina Wilk
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The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands

The Aristocracy of Crumbling Sands
Wilfred Thesiger’s Journeys Through Arabia

Reading / society
Wilfred Thesiger spent years travelling with Bedouins across the vast, harsh Arabian deserts. His journeys are an example to those seeking to practise sustainable tourism today. Paulina Wilk
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The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam

The Transatlantic Is Losing Steam
The Shifting Geopolitics of Atlantic Waters

Reading / society
In an age of profound political and climate change, might transoceanic power soon shift to the Global South? Paulina Wilk
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Endless Cities

Endless Cities
The Irresistible Rise of Mass Urbanization

Magazine / society
Cities are growing at an incredible rate, forming more and more clusters and conurbations. This, however, might not be such a bad thing. Paulina Wilk
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Sleepless Cities

Sleepless Cities
The Compression of Time

Magazine / society
Sleep is the last bastion of rest. Yet a glance at the world’s major urban centers suggests that in the future, humans may increasingly be forced into constant wakefulness. Paulina Wilk
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Challenging Cities

Challenging Cities
Visions of Urban Utopia

Magazine / science
Utopian visions of future cities are often bold and exciting, yet for various reasons, these ambitious designs rarely realize their full potential. Paulina Wilk