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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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Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Stanisław Lem

Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR

Reading / culture
A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day. Dariusz Kuźma

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With Seneca Among Children

With Seneca Among Children
An Interview with Seneca the Younger

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The Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman talks with a modern day Stoic about what we can learn from children and how Stoicism can guide us through the contemporary world. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Imagining a Future

Imagining a Future
An Interview with Annibale Siconolfi

Reading / culture
Annibale Siconolfi – the 3D artist known as Inward – talks about the inspirations behind his dystopian images, his life in Italy, and why NFTs have revolutionized the art world. Dariusz Kuźma

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An Old Writer Looks at the New World

An Old Writer Looks at the New World
An Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro

Reading / culture
Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel laureate in Literature, talks about his latest novel “Klara and the Sun”, and what advances in technology might mean for humanity. Sylwia Stano 
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Digital Paradise
Photography

Digital Paradise
An Interview with Wojtek Wieteska and Ania Diduch

Reading / culture
Photographer Wojtek Wieteska and curator Ania Diduch talk about their exhibition “Paradise 101” at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków. Joanna Kinowska

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Forman on Freedom

Forman on Freedom
An Interview with Helena Třeštíkova

Reading / culture
The celebrated Czech documentary film-maker Helena Třeštíkova talks about the influence of Miloš Forman on her cinema and how she made the film “Forman vs. Forman”. Mateusz Demski
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Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic

Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic
An Interview with Ryan Nicodemus

Reading / culture
Ryan Nicodemus – part of the The Minimalists duo – talks about what minimalism means, how to stop craving new things, and the documentary “The Minimalists: Less Is Now”. Dariusz Kuźma

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Moderation Marcus

Moderation Marcus
An Interview with Marcus Aurelius

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The one-time Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius talks with a modern-day Stoic about moderation, Zbigniew Herbert and smartphones. Piotr Stankiewicz
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That’s What Heroes Are

That’s What Heroes Are
An Interview with David France

Reading / culture
David France talks about how he made “Welcome to Chechnya”, a harrowing yet inspiring documentary about LGBT persecution in Chechnya and the activists that oppose repression. Dariusz Kuźma

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Revenge on the White Bourgeois

Revenge on the White Bourgeois
An Interview with Burhan Qurbani

Reading / culture
Director Burhan Qurbani talks about his latest film “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and the mirror it holds to contemporary German society. Jan Pelczar
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The Land of Real Dreams

The Land of Real Dreams
An Interview with Andrzej Górz

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Andrzej Górz, co-founder of Open Jazdów – a civil initiative in a unique settlement of wooden Finnish houses in the centre of Warsaw – talks about what utopia means to him. Berenika Steinberg

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is
An Interview with Radu Ciorniciuc

Reading / culture
Radu Ciorniciuc talks about how he made the film “Acasă, My Home”, a documentary about the Roma man Gică Enache and his life in Bucharest’s Văcărești Delta. Dariusz Kuźma
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The Future Is Born Through Imagination
The Whale

The Future Is Born Through Imagination
An Interview with Bart Van Peel

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Bart Van Peel – from the Belgian art collective Captain Boomer – talks about how and why he brought a beached whale to the shores of Warsaw’s Vistula river. Łukasz Kaniewski

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On Beauty and History

On Beauty and History
An Interview with Aleksandra Lipczak

Reading / culture
Journalist Aleksandra Lipczak talks about her latest book, “Lajla znaczy noc” [Layla Means Night], which tells the story of Al-Andalus, the southern part of Spain, which was once under Arab rule. Anna Piwowarska
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In the Valley of the Gods

In the Valley of the Gods
An Interview with Lech Majewski

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Director Lech Majewski talks about his experiences with the Navajo people, the importance of artists in cinema, and his latest film “Valley of the Gods”. Jan Pelczar

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I’m Not an Escapist

I’m Not an Escapist
An Interview with David Grossman

Reading / culture
Israeli author David Grossman talks about the importance of childhood, the role of the writer, and his father’s memories of Poland. Łukasz Saturczak
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A Genocide of Neglect

A Genocide of Neglect
An Interview with Rebecca Makkai

Reading / culture
Rebbeca Makkai talks about why she set her novel “The Great Believers” in Chicago, who she wrote the book for (and against), and the injustices of the AIDS epidemic. Paulina Małochleb 

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Independent of Everyone

Independent of Everyone
An Interview with Agi Mishol

Reading / culture
Israeli poet Agi Mishol talks about old age, her family’s memories of Europe, and the role of nature in poetry. Paulina Małochleb 
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Who’s Afraid of Helmut Newton?

Who’s Afraid of Helmut Newton?
A Conversation About His Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch and photographer Wojtek Wieteska talk with two curators of Helmut Newton about the nature of the German’s nude and fashion photography. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska

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Furry Caps and Neon Stems

Furry Caps and Neon Stems
An Interview with Maurycy Gomulicki

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Maurycy Gomulicki, an artist and mushroom foraging enthusiast, talks about mushrooms, Mexico and his furry pink storeroom. Tomasz Wichrowski