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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!

Culture

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A Utopia in Pieces

A Utopia in Pieces
The Forgotten Future in Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics

Reading / culture
If you travel around Ukraine today, you might come across some remnants of the one-time Soviet dream: elaborate mosaic art depicting idealized citizens of the USSR. Tetiana Shataieva
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Art Is Explosion!

Art Is Explosion!
The Revelations of Tarō Okamoto

Magazine / culture
Some reject the art of Tarō Okamoto – including the Tower of the Sun – as primitive, yet he was perhaps one of the only truly avant-garde artists of Japan. Karol Sienkiewicz
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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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A Puzzling Artwork (3)

A Puzzling Artwork (3)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist was described as “the strangest work of art in any museum” by the precursor of pop art. Tomasz Wichrowski
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The Fable of the Fearful Man
short story

The Fable of the Fearful Man
A Tribute to Nachman of Breslov

Magazine / culture
On the 210th anniversary of the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Tomasz Wiśniewski pays tribute to the great tzadik by writing a literary parable. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Who Made Me Ill?!

Who Made Me Ill?!

Magazine / culture
Commissioner Maciejewski returns, this time for a criminal mystery involving the matter of an unexpected infection... Marcin Wroński

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A Puzzling Artwork (2)

A Puzzling Artwork (2)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The works of this week’s artist are strongly connected to the Counter-Reformation... Tomasz Wichrowski
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Halik’s Many Faces

Halik’s Many Faces
An Interview with Marcin Borchardt

Reading / culture
Marcin Borchardt, director of the documentary film “Tony Halik”, talks about myths and realities across the life of one of Poland’s most loved journalists. Mateusz Demski

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Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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What a Blast

What a Blast
On the Didgeridoo

Magazine / culture
A 1000-year-old musical instrument, created with the help of termites and played by using a seemingly impossible breathing loop. We present: the didgeridoo. Iza Smelczyńska

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Are You a Criminal?
archives

Are You a Criminal?
A Punishing Test

Magazine / culture
Answer the questions and find out about your relationship with Themis. Przekrój 
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A Puzzling Artwork (1)

A Puzzling Artwork (1)

Reading / culture
We present a new quiz series, involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The works of the artist in question often depict hidden symbols, intended to influence the viewer’s psyche... Tomasz Wichrowski

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On Freedom

On Freedom

Magazine / culture
The right thing to do is to be so totally free from desire that you can choose, that you are always able to choose: to have or not to have. Then you are really free. A text by a guru from India.  Osho
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Understanding the Chukchi

Understanding the Chukchi
An Interview with Maciej Cuske

Reading / culture
Maciej Cuske, director of the documentary “The Whale From Lorino”, talks about the Far East region of Chukotka, the influence of the USSR on the Chukchi people, and how our fight against nature is doomed to fail. Mateusz Demski

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Together We Stand

Together We Stand
An Interview with Kristof Deák

Reading / culture
Hungarian director Kristof Deák talks about his Academy Award-winning short film “Sing”, and how it speaks volumes about the world we live in today. Dariusz Kuźma
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When You Rise, the World Lives

When You Rise, the World Lives
The Cult of the Aten

Magazine / culture
In the 14th century BCE, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton implemented a drastic religious revolution by introducing worship of a god represented by the sun’s disc. Paweł Janiszewski

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The Heart of the Desert

The Heart of the Desert
Uluru Rock

Magazine / culture
Uluru – the sandstone rock formation in Australia that white colonialists named Ayer’s Rock – is a place of deep cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal peoples. Aleksandra Reszelska
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Fluidity of Thought

Fluidity of Thought
An Interview with Thurston Moore

Reading / culture
Thurston Moore talks about his latest album, the role of religion in his upbringing, and what artists can do in challenging times. Adam Zdrodowski

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Pure, Invincible, Magical

Pure, Invincible, Magical
Ancient Tales of the Sun

Magazine / culture
The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun. Paweł Janiszewski
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The First Roadside Tree

The First Roadside Tree
A Neolithic Vase in Poland

Magazine / culture
In the 1970s, a Neolithic vase was found during an archaeological dig in southern Poland. It depicts what may be the first roadside tree. Michał Książek