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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Culture

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Partying with Bosch

Partying with Bosch
Hieronymus on How to See in the New Year

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Upon closer examination, the meaning of the painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is quite simple: it is a 16th-century guide to the annual countdown celebrations. Mateusz Kołczinger

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Who Do You Love?

Who Do You Love?
Personality Test

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Reveal what the object of your desire is with this playful quiz from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright trio.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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How to Love Unhappily

How to Love Unhappily
An Innovative Approach to Desire

Reading / culture
There is nothing more uninteresting than a fairytale romance. In fact, classic literature is full of examples of how to indulge passion miserably.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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The Truest Fiction

The Truest Fiction
A Spoke in the Wheel of Modernity

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In his latest novel “Elizabeth Finch,” British author Julian Barnes blends fact and fiction to create a compelling critique of contemporary understandings of the past. Paulina Wilk
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The Celestial Stone

The Celestial Stone
A Cultural History of Lapis Lazuli

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The rock with a deep blue hue has been valued since antiquity for its beautiful color, making it both a luxury product and a symbol of the gods. Tomasz Wichrowski

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Summer with the Cholerics

Summer with the Cholerics
A Hot-headed and Impulsive Temperament

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According to the ancient theory of humorism, cholerics are full of yellow bile and fire. This gives them a remarkable energy. Kamila Dzika-Jurek
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Nature’s Melodies Are Disappearing

Nature’s Melodies Are Disappearing
A Conversation About the Contemporary Soundscape

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Musician Marcin Dymiter discusses his field recordings of the natural world and the importance of getting away from human-made sound. Aleksandra Kozłowska

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“I Ching: Book of Changes”

“I Ching: Book of Changes”
Illustrated Snippets

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“The clouds pass and the rain does its work and all individual beings flow into their forms.” An excerpt from the ancient Chinese text “I Ching”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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We Are the Future!

We Are the Future!
The Russian Futurists

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Russian Futurism developed alongside Italian Futurism, yet the two art movements ultimately took different directions. Maciej Świetlik

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

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Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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The Most Famous Celts in the World

The Most Famous Celts in the World
The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

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The French comic book series starring Asterix and Obelix is well-known across the world. What do these two Gallic villagers represent? Maciej Świetlik

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The Great Outdoors Is Nature’s Healer
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The Great Outdoors Is Nature’s Healer

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Urban living brings with it great intellectual gains, yet living outside in nature can bring manifold benefits, too. Jill Neimark
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The Queen’s Lily

The Queen’s Lily
A Giant Plant from Guyana

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In the 19th century, the giant lily was brought from Guyana to Victorian Britain. There, gardener Joseph Paxton displayed the plant’s remarkable architectural properties. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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Screaming on the Silver Screen

Screaming on the Silver Screen
The Scream in Cinema

Reading / culture
From the Golden Age of Hollywood to recent slasher flicks, cinema history is full of screams. The Wilhelm Scream might be its most famous. Jakub Mejer
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I Create Everything Anew

I Create Everything Anew
The Life of Wassily Kandinsky

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The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality. Małgorzata Czyńska

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C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part II)

C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part II)
Illustrated Snippets

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“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement...” An excerpt from C.S Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part I)

C.S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (Part I)
Illustrated Snippets

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“I like bats much better than bureaucrats.” An excerpt from C.S Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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Crazy, Real, Supernatural!

Crazy, Real, Supernatural!
The World of the Surrealists

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In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful. Agnieszka Taborska
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Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”

Anton Chekhov, “The Dependents”
Illustrated Snippets

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“At that point the old man appropriately recalled that, in the preceding night, he had dreamed of a stove, and to dream of a stove is a sign of sorrow.” An excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s “The Dependents”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 

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In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality

In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality
The Way of a Pilgrim

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“The Way of a Pilgrim” is a classic work of 19th-century Eastern Orthodox mysticism that charts the travels of an anonymous Russian ascetic. Its influence has also spread to the West. Mikołaj Gliński