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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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Not Just the Mona Lisa

Not Just the Mona Lisa
The Smile in Art History

Magazine / culture
The most famous smile in art belongs to Mona Lisa. Yet upturned lips have a much longer history in portraiture, indicating a wide range of emotions – mystery, bliss and even disgust. Anna Arno
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The Chameleon

The Chameleon
The Life of Romain Gary

Reading / culture
The French novelist Romain Gary was ahead of his time – both in his discussion of now-timely themes, and in his ability to use a broad emotional palette across his stories. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather
An Overview of Mythical Flying Creatures

Magazine / culture
World mythology is full of fantastic winged creatures – some bringing terror, some bringing salvation, and some merely playing pranks. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Shortest Short Stories

The Shortest Short Stories

Reading / culture
During a rainy July or a cold August, it’s a nice idea to read about holidays, mice, scarecrows, Wrocław and washing machines. A handful of the shortest short stories from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright collective.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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The Best Routine Is no Routine

The Best Routine Is no Routine
An Interview with Harlan Coben

Reading / culture
Harlan Coben talks about writing crime during the pandemic, the global reach of Netflix, and the Polish-language adaptation of his novel “The Woods”. Jan Pelczar
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Goddess O’Keeffe

Goddess O’Keeffe
The Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

Magazine / culture
Georgia O’Keeffe – the first lady of the American avant-garde, the mother of American painting – deserves her place in the pantheon of women whose art made history. Julia Fiedorczuk

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A Rightful Balance
Mind the climate

A Rightful Balance
Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli

Reading / culture
Studio Ghibli – the Japanese animation film studio – may be known for its fluffy mascots such as Totoro, but beneath this cute veneer are a series of films with serious ecological concerns. Serena Scateni
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Hopepunk and Solarpunk

Hopepunk and Solarpunk
On Climate Narratives That Go Beyond the Apocalypse

Magazine / culture
Alyssa Hull tries to find optimism in teaching cli-fi to terrified students. Alyssa Hull

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From Mazovia to Hollywood

From Mazovia to Hollywood
An Interview with Paweł Ferdek

Reading / culture
Polish film-maker Paweł Ferdek talks about his new documentary “Pollywood”, which tells the story of how a handful of Jews emigrated from Poland and went on to be major Hollywood players. Dariusz Kuźma
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Swimming Is Like Zen
healthy living

Swimming Is Like Zen
An Interview with Piotr Kieżun

Reading / culture
Swimming enthusiast Piotr Kieżun talks about the origin of swimming, changes in swimwear across the ages, and various swimmer writers and intellectuals. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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Skyborne Whales

Skyborne Whales
The Rise (and Fall) of the Airship

Magazine / culture
Airships – those long, cylindrical balloons that cruise through the sky – seem like a relic of a bygone era. But, with the climate now high on the agenda, they might be making an unexpected comeback. Andrzej Krajewski
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There Is No One Truth

There Is No One Truth
An Interview with Andreas Hoessli

Reading / culture
Swiss journalist and film-maker Andreas Hoessli talks about the connection between the Iranian Revolution and Poland’s Solidarity movement, how we represent history, and his new film “The Naked King”. Dariusz Kuźma

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A Small Reportage

A Small Reportage

Reading / culture
Our reporter experiences a stifling dilemma... Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Settling Scores With Myself
archives

Settling Scores With Myself
On the Value of Not Being Selfish

Magazine / culture
Kindness brings joy! One of our authors shares his thoughts on why it’s worth not being selfish in this article from the 1986 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski

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A Curious Joker

A Curious Joker
The Childlike World of Bruno Munari

Magazine / culture
The Italian artist Bruno Munari has had an indelible impact on the imaginations of many, but especially those of children, whose curiosity and flexibility he encouraged throughout his work. Aleksandra Kędziorek
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“The Whale” wins Jury Award at the Sebastopol Film Festival
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“The Whale” wins Jury Award at the Sebastopol Film Festival

Reading / culture
"The Whale", a documentary produced by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation about the day when a whale appeared on a sandy beach in Warsaw, has won the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) 2020 Jury Award for best Mini Doc film, Przekrój Magazine has learned from the organizers. Przekrój 

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Jump!

Jump!

Media / culture
“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears,” the photographer Philippe Halsman recalled. At the end of the photo shoot, he would say with a smile on his face: “Jump!”
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Audubon’s Birds

Audubon’s Birds
Ornithology and Art

Magazine / culture
Today, the 19th-century American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is considered one of the founding fathers of American ecology. But what makes his work so special? Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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All That Jazz in Me

All That Jazz in Me
An Interview with Joanna Kulig

Reading / culture
Polish actor Joanna Kulig talks about her love of jazz music, balancing her personal and professional life, and her role in the Netflix miniseries “The Eddy”. Mateusz Demski
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The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace
short story

The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace

Magazine / culture
Will Alfred Russel Wallace receive his longed-for letter from Charles Darwin? Find out in this short story. Daniel Mason