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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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The Polish Road to Motorization
Stanisław Lem

The Polish Road to Motorization

Reading / culture
In 1957, future sci-fi legend Stanisław Lem wrote for “Przekrój” about the role of cars and motorization in Polish society – and how it differed from the West. Stanisław Lem
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In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality

In the Footsteps of Russian Spirituality
The Way of a Pilgrim

Magazine / culture
“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
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The Russian Prophet of Immortality

The Russian Prophet of Immortality
The Philosophy of Nikolai Fyodorov

Magazine / culture
Nikolai Fyodorov believed that only resurrection of the dead could save the world. His extraordinary vision fascinated the likes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Michał Milczarek

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The Giants of the Ice Realm

The Giants of the Ice Realm
The Phenomenon of Polar Gigantism

Magazine / science
Mikołaj Golachowski
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In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health
Turmeric Pickle and Cedarwood Oil

Magazine / society
According to phytotherapy and aromatherapy, both turmeric root and cedarwood oil can help in preventing and getting rid of infections. Dominika Bok
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Leo’s Last Roar

Leo’s Last Roar
The Life of Sophia and Leo Tolstoy

Magazine / culture
Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months? Paulina Wilk

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All Quiet on the Eastern Front

All Quiet on the Eastern Front
An Interview with Elena Kostyuchenko

Magazine / culture
Journalist and activist Elena Kostyuchenko talks about the dangers of her investigative journalism, the new Russia, and why she will always struggle to leave the country of her birth. Paulina Wilk
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Kindle the Fire Within
healthy living

Kindle the Fire Within
The Tibetan Practice of Tummo

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique of ‘tummo’ allows monks to generate inner yogic heat. This practice could have benefits for body and mind alike. Aleksandra Kozłowska

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The Fabricating Mind

The Fabricating Mind
When Memory Fails You

Magazine / science
As the pioneering work of Elizabeth Loftus shows, memory is fallible – and can, in fact, be replaced by imagination when we are asked to recall past events. Sylwia Niemczyk
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Turn Off Your Autopilot

Turn Off Your Autopilot
An Interview with Paweł Malinowski

Magazine / society
Psychotherapist Paweł Malinowski talks about good and bad habits, as well as how to give them up or shape them. Maria Hawranek

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You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily

You Don’t Come Here Voluntarily
Chekhov and Sakhalin Island

Magazine / culture
In the late 19th-century, Anton Chekhov visited the penal colony on Sakhalin island and wrote about the fate of the convicts there. What did he see? Andrzej Kula
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Deadly Spells

Deadly Spells
The Shamans of Australia and New Zealand

Magazine / society
In some of Australia and New Zealand’s Indigenous communities, shamans are able to successfully will death on others – as long as the target believes in such ‘spells’. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Instructions for Departure

Instructions for Departure
The Buddhist Approach to Death

Magazine / culture
In contemporary Western culture, death is taboo. Yet Buddhism illustrates how we can take a different approach to death; one that is not as dissimilar as we might expect. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Daisies Forever

Daisies Forever
How to Pickle Daisies

Magazine / society
Daisies contain flavonoids and vitamin C – even better, they can be picked in the wild and pickled in a jar. Łukasz Łuczaj

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Better Not to Cross the Dreamer

Better Not to Cross the Dreamer
The Revolutionary Economist

Magazine / society
The revolutionary economist Mariana Mazzucato proposes a shift away from profit and big business – and towards state investment in the societies they serve. Paulina Wilk
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Trees Die Twice

Trees Die Twice
On the Death of Plant Life

Magazine / science
Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process. Szymon Drobniak

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Silent Night

Silent Night
A Cultural History of Silence

Magazine / culture
As the literature of recent centuries shows, our relationship with silence – as ritual, as protective, as deathly – has a long and rich history. Ewa Pluta
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Yam Porridge and Odun Isu

Yam Porridge and Odun Isu
Celebrating the Yam Harvest in Nigeria

Reading / society
Every year, Nigeria’s different ethnic groups celebrate the yam harvest with food and festivities. How do the Yoruba people prepare Asaro yam porridge? Mariam Adetona

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Non-Human Admiration

Non-Human Admiration
Are Animals Capable of Delight?

Magazine / science
The natural world is full of beauty, so why do we assume that only humans can perceive it? Perhaps animals are capable of delight, too? Mikołaj Golachowski
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Trembling Bodies
healthy living

Trembling Bodies
The Life of Alexander Lowen

Magazine / society
Alexander Lowen – the creator of bioenergetic analysis – developed a psychotherapeutic technique that placed equal focus on the importance of both mind and body. Sylwia Niemczyk