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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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Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska
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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman

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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma

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A Kibbutz on the Couch

A Kibbutz on the Couch
An Interview with Shai Orr

Magazine / society
Israeli therapist Shai Orr – author of the book “Miraculous Parenting” – talks about education, kibbutzim, and what it means to be successful. Ewa Pawlik
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Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic

Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Water in Mythology

Magazine / culture
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski

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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of May. Adam Węgłowski
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Shine Heroes

Shine Heroes

Media / Photo
There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them.
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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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Mission: Visibility

Mission: Visibility
An Interview with Teatr 21’s Justyna Sobczak

Reading / society
People with Down’s syndrome and autism are often ignored by the public. The Warsaw-based theatre Teatr 21 wants to change that. Mateusz Demski

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Mikołaj
Golachowski

We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher

Reading / science
In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
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Between Control and Hallucination

Between Control and Hallucination
An Interview with Anil Seth

Magazine / science
Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality. Maria Hawranek

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Bravo, Okinawa!
healthy living

Bravo, Okinawa!
The Secret to a Long Life

Magazine / society
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success? Aleksandra Reszelska
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Superflat Depths

Superflat Depths
Takashi Murakami’s Art Movement

Magazine / culture
Superflat is a postmodern art movement, founded by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and influenced by popular culture, such as manga and anime. Karol Sienkiewicz

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Caucasian Fusion

Caucasian Fusion
How to Make Georgian Pkhali

Magazine / society
Pkhali – balls of wild leaves mixed with nuts and spices – are popular cuisine in Georgia, where the locals enjoy a close relationship to nature. Łukasz Łuczaj
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The Unbearable Fluidity of Being

The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
A Wet Trip to the Forest

Magazine / science
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory. Szymon Drobniak

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Japanese Crossword

Japanese Crossword

Media / Photo
Which photographs deserve to be presented to the outside world and which should be left out? Is a positive always more important than a negative?
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The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”

The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”
The Life of Jan Mikolášek

Reading / society
The Czech herbalist Jan Mikolášek – hero of Agnieszka Holland’s latest film “Charlatan” – lived a fascinating life, healing Nazis, communists, and perhaps even kings. Michał Zabłocki

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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Maths of Brush and Baton

The Maths of Brush and Baton
Fractals in Art

Magazine / science
Fractals – self-similar geometric patterns – might feel like a scientific concern, but they can also be observed in art, architecture and music. Kajetan Giziński