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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!

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Tomasz Stawiszyński

is Editor of the Society section. He specializes in extended interviews.

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Emotional Illusions

Emotional Illusions
An Interview with Eva Illouz

Magazine / society
Eva Illouz talks about the privatization of emotion, the mistakes of the contemporary Left, and the age of immunity to truth. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?

Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?
An Interview with Bruce Hood

Reading / society
Bruce Hood talks about our inclination towards the supernatural, the illusion of free will, and his collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Science of the Non-Existing Self

The Science of the Non-Existing Self
How Meditation Entered the Academic Consciousness

Reading / society
50 years ago, the study of meditation was laughed at by mainstream Western psychologists. We recount how non-dual awareness has become a growing area of serious scientific study. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Quest for Coloured Glass

The Quest for Coloured Glass
On Places and Non-Places

Magazine / society
A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Madame Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky
A Russian Aristocrat on the Astral Plane

Magazine / culture
The 19th-century Russian spiritualist Helena Blavatsky was a controversial figure who lived a colourful life. But was she an ingenious fraud, an enlightened sage, or maybe just a skilled writer? Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Gospel According to Pinker

The Gospel According to Pinker
An Interview with Steven Pinker

Magazine / society
Steven Pinker talks about Enlightenment values, conspiracy theories, and why we should all be more optimistic about the future. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Narcissus’ Reflection in the Matrix

Narcissus’ Reflection in the Matrix
The Enticing Appeal of the Simulation Hypothesis

Reading / society
According to philosophers, popular culture and Elon Musk, there’s a strong possibility that reality is an illusion. Could this be true? Tomasz Stawiszyński