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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 Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times

A Cinema of Frustration in Impatient Times
An Interview with László Nemes

Reading / culture
László Nemes talks about his latest film “Sunset”, directing a slower-paced cinema, and his domestic freedom as a Hungarian filmmaker. Magdalena Maksimiuk
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / culture
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Jerzy
Miłkowski
Jerzy Miłkowski

Bloody Ikebana? The Bruce Lee and Karate Craze That Swept Poland

Reading / culture
Bruce Lee’s fighting style penetrated the Iron Curtain and found mass popularity in 1970s Poland. A karate teacher recounts its influence on a generation of martial arts fans.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Reading / culture
Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue.
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The Bikini in Cinema

The Bikini in Cinema
A Visual History

Reading / culture
On its 73rd birthday, we celebrate the bikini’s most iconic appearances in Polish and international film. Małgorzata Zacharska
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Kyotographie

Kyotographie
A Conversation About the Future of Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about erotic woodcuts, garden photography and a new kind of spatial thinking at the recent Kyotographie photography festival in Japan. Ania Diduch i Wojtek Wieteska

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Comrade Batman

Comrade Batman
How HBO’s “Chernobyl” Ignores the Nuances of Soviet Language

Reading / culture
The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism. Victor Martinovich
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High Culture in the Magic Mountains

High Culture in the Magic Mountains
The Art World’s Alpine Love Affair

Reading / culture
The lofty peaks of the Alps have long had elitist appeal. This might explain why Grażyna Kulczyk decided to open Muzeum Susch among their rarefied atmosphere. Stach Szabłowski

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Chirping, Whistling and Tootling

Chirping, Whistling and Tootling
The Joys of Recognizing Birdsong

Reading / culture
Identifying the songs of different birds can be tricky and time-consuming. It can also become a lifelong passion that soothes the mind and has a positive effect on mood. Olga Drenda
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Responsibility Is Sexy

Responsibility Is Sexy
Freedom in the Novels of Edward St Aubyn

Reading / culture
From his characters’ motives to the author’s own literary playfulness, a writer explores the universal appeal of freedom in the work of Edward St Aubyn. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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The Secret Life of Textiles

The Secret Life of Textiles
Recycling Clothes in Post-War Poland

Reading / culture
Ethical fashion consumption may currently be in vogue, but it was once a necessity. In post-war Poland, hand-me-downs, recycled textiles, and handmade garments were all the norm. Agata Zborowska
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Tales

Tales

Magazine / culture
A new series of short stories, presented by our Culture & Society and Poetry editor, Marcin Orliński. Marcin Orliński

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The Characteristic ‘Tsirrr’ of the Long-Tailed Tit

The Characteristic ‘Tsirrr’ of the Long-Tailed Tit
A Forest Full of Birdsong

Magazine / culture
Our nature correspondent describes the wildlife of Poland – this week using the chorus of avian voices in a wildly-populated primeval forest. Michał Książek
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The Breath of the Universe

The Breath of the Universe
The Ancient Theory of ‘Pneuma’

Magazine / culture
The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece believed that breath played a fundamental role in structuring cosmic existence. Paweł Janiszewski

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Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?

Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?
The Charm of Raymond Peynet’s ‘Lovers’

Magazine / culture
A Polish artist and graphic designer reflects on his connection with Raymond Peynet’s illustrated ‘lovers’, whose naive simplicity shaped his own vision of love. Maurycy Gomulicki
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Slow Art in Susch

Slow Art in Susch
Inside the Alpine Art Gallery

Reading / culture
Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk’s latest project is a modern art museum nestled in a sleepy Swiss village in the Alps. Our art writer explores the extraordinary Muzeum Susch. Stach Szabłowski

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Włodek
Goldkorn
Włodek Goldkorn

What Do We Need Memory For?

Reading / culture
In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past.
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An End That Marks a Beginning

An End That Marks a Beginning
The History of the Ouroboros

Magazine / culture
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures. Paweł Janiszewski

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Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough

Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough
An Interview with Pier Vittorio Aureli

Magazine / culture
Pier Vittorio Aureli talks about architecture, asceticism, and the lubricating properties of contemporary minimalism. Zygmunt Borawski
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Trouble Suited Her

Trouble Suited Her

Magazine / culture
Upon arriving at the Europejski Hotel, Lieutenant Maciejewski is faced with a mystery involving forgotten state documents and the charms of a certain lady. A short crime story. Marcin Wroński