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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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Marta, from the "New Adventures of Orphan Mary or Fulfillment of the Dreams" series

Marta, from the "New Adventures of Orphan Mary or Fulfillment of the Dreams" series

Media / Photo
Maurycy Gomulicki, 1996
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Time: The History & Future of Everything
Kurzgesagt

Time: The History & Future of Everything

Media / Video
Time is everyone’s concern. It is priceless. Everyone experiences it differently, whether thinking about the past or looking into the future.

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I Don’t Believe in Blind Idealism

I Don’t Believe in Blind Idealism
An Interview with Katarzyna Boni

Reading / society
Katarzyna Boni, author of the reportage “Auroville: The City Made of Dreams”, talks about the difficulties of establishing (and writing about) utopian societies. Stasia Budzisz
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Boys
Non-Fiction

Boys
An Excerpt from “Absolute Zero”

Reading / literature
In this extract from Artem Chekh’s book “Absolute Zero”, the author gives an account of his experiences as a soldier visiting a town in Eastern Ukraine affected by the war in Donbas. Artem Chekh
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The Very First Stars

The Very First Stars
A Journey into Space-Time

Magazine / science
Our sun has been burning for 4.5 billion years, but it was not the first of its kind – those stars belong in a corner of the universe that spans 14 billion years. Łukasz Kaniewski

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There Is No Spoon
healthy living

There Is No Spoon
The Meditative Mind

Magazine / science
The teachings of the Buddha (and the writing of secular journalist Robert Wright) can help us understand how to free ourselves from the captivity of the brain. Aleksandra Reszelska
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Walking for Water

Walking for Water
The Source of Folk Legends

Magazine / society
According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away... Renata Lis

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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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Our bodies are chronically in "threat mode"
big think

Our bodies are chronically in "threat mode"
But being kind recalibrates our nervous system

Magazine / society
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell

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Piedmont

Piedmont

Media / Photo
Harry Gruyaert, 2003
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Love and Protect

Love and Protect

Media / Photo
Stas Bartnikas’s favourite place to fly to and photograph is Iceland. He believes that Iceland is one of the most photogenic countries when looked from above – the combination of ice, snow, volcanic formations, glacial rivers, beaches and ocean makes for an absolutely surreal sight.
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The whole-planet view

The whole-planet view

Magazine / science
Psychedelics offer a sense of expansive connectedness, just like astronauts have felt looking back to Earth from space. Rosalind Watts, Sam Gandy & Alex Evans
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Black Cattle

Black Cattle

Magazine / society
For ages, the Galloway livestock were part of the landscape of South West Scotland. But there are fewer and fewer old herds. A text about love for cows, beef and nature. Patrick Laurie

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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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Farmers of the Dreamtime

Farmers of the Dreamtime
Aboriginal Agriculture

Magazine / society
After colonizing Australia, white settlers rewrote the continent’s history. It is only now that their descendants are discovering the importance of Aboriginal agricultural practices. Maciej Świetlik

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New Jesus
short story

New Jesus

Reading / literature
In the future, people and dogs walk on water. This short story by an award-winning American novelist is the story of a certain beginning. Tommy Orange
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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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So Much Cash!

So Much Cash!
The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from the first published translation of Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz’s classic 1932 novel “The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma”, the titular protagonist is made an offer he can’t refuse... Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz
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The Art of Translation with Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas

The Art of Translation with Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas speak with Valdemar about humour in Polish literature, being a sniper team, and their translation of Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz’s “The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma”. Ernest Valdemar