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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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Escape to the Apocalypse

Escape to the Apocalypse
Our Obsession with the End Times

Reading / society
Abrahamic eschatology teaches us that the end of the world is coming. Maybe that’s why we’re so captivated by catastrophe in the West. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)
Listen to the audio

The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)

Media / Audio
A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński. Read By Daniel Sax.
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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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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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Possessed by Possession

Possessed by Possession
The Compelling Allure of Exorcism

Magazine / society
Ever since the 1970s, exorcism has been enjoying a renascence of sorts – from films to literature to the practice itself. In increasingly tumultuous times, has Satan found his powers once again? 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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Leaving Your Ego Behind

Leaving Your Ego Behind
An Interview with Michael Pollan

Magazine / society
Michael Pollan talks about the potential of psychedelics to improve mental health, break down barriers, and transform everyone’s lives. 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
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I Am Not a New Frankenstein

I Am Not a New Frankenstein
An Interview with Jack Szostak

Magazine / science
Jack Szostak talks about the beginnings of life on Earth, the beauty of synthetic biology, and why he’s not exactly Dr. Frankenstein. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Non-Divine Software

Non-Divine Software
An Interview with Daniel C. Dennett

Reading / society
Daniel C. Dennett talks about an imaginary bright green dog, heterophenomenology, and how the self can be compared to dollars and pounds. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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History Did Not End

History Did Not End
An Interview with Carlo Strenger

Magazine / society
Carlo Strenger talks about the failures of Obama, how humans are like chimpanzees, and why we should all panic. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Rage and the Polish Question

Rage and the Polish Question
An Interview with Martha Nussbaum

Magazine / society
Martha Nussbaum talks about nurturing the delicate flower that is liberal democracy, why the excluded shouldn’t have short memories, and the reason why she prefers the reformed synagogue to the Protestant church. Tomasz Stawiszyński