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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!

Literature

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The Model Worker
short story

The Model Worker

Reading / literature
In the near future, work has become fully automated. Humans spend their days doing whatever they like, helped by robots. Nonetheless, for Wili, something is missing… A short story set in Warsaw. Artur Kornel
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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

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

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Anna
Adamowicz
Leye
Adenle
Adam
Aduszkiewicz
Wojtek Antonów
Wojtek
Antonów
Anna
Arno
Mitchell
Atkinson III
Kamil
Bałuk
Edwin Bendyk
Edwin
Bendyk
Stanisław
Bereś
Anna
Berestecka
Robby
Berman
Charles
Bernstein
Andrzej
Bobkowski
Paweł
Boguszewski
Katarzyna
Boni
Hanna
Bora
Zygmunt Borawski
Zygmunt
Borawski
dr
Ryan Bromley
Jan
Brzechwa
C-D
Stephen
Carlick
Artem
Chekh
Wojciech
Chmielarz
Jan Ciemniewski
Jan
Ciemniewski
Matthew Coachinger
Matthew
Coachinger
Ryszard
Ćwirlej
Krystyna
Dąbrowska
Dorota Danielewicz
Dorota
Danielewicz
Jacek Dehnel
Jacek
Dehnel
Mateusz
Demski
Radka
Denemarková
Damjan
Dobrila
Natalia
Domagała
Joanna
Domańska
Tadeusz
Dołęga-Mostowicz
Olga Drenda
Olga
Drenda
Szymon
Drobniak
Agnieszka
Drotkiewicz
Marta
Dymek
Ida
Dzik
E-F
Everything's
Gonna Be Alright
Taylor Fang
Taylor
Fang
Julia Fiedorczuk
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Agnieszka
Fiedorowicz
Kornel
Filipowicz
Profesor
Filutek
Paweł
Franczak
Gergő
Fülöp
G-H
Aleksandra
Galewska
Forrest
Gander
Konstanty
Ildefons Gałczyński
Magdalena
Gałkowska
Mikołaj
Gliński
Mikołaj
Golachowski
Włodek Goldkorn
Włodek
Goldkorn
Maurycy
Gomulicki
Marek
Górlikowski
Maria
Górz
Stefan
Grabiński
Paulina Grabowska
Paulina
Grabowska
Carmen
Gray
Richard
Greenhill
Wioletta
Greg
Joanna Grochocka
Joanna
Grochocka
Malcolm
Harris
James
Hatch
Maria
Hawranek
Gordon
Hempton
Scotty
Hendricks
Jason
Hickel
Micaela
Marini Higgs
Elias
Hirschl
Cynthia
Hogue
Urszula
Honek
Matthias
Horx
Paweł
Huelle
Alyssa
Hull
I-J
Wojciech
Jagielski
Kuba Janicki
Kuba
Janicki
Paweł
Janiszewski
Łukasz
Jarosz
Miłada Jędrysik
Miłada
Jędrysik
K-Ł
Aleksander
Kaczorowski
Wailana
Kalama
Łukasz Kaniewski
Łukasz
Kaniewski
Grzegorz
Kasdepke
Magda
Kiełbowicz
Jowita
Kiwnik Pargana
Bartłomiej
Kluska
Michał
Korkosz
Artur
Kornel
Ivan
Krastev
Marcel
Kruger
Michał
Książek
Rafał
Kucharczuk
Monika
Kucia
Luka
Kurjački
Dariusz
Kuźma
Łukasz
Lamża
Stanisław Lem
Stanisław
Lem
Katarzyna Lengren
Katarzyna
Lengren
Zbigniew Lengren
Zbigniew
Lengren
Bolesław
Leśmian
Zbigniew
Libera
Renata
Lis
Bogumiła
Lisocka-Jaegermann
Hanna
Liubakova
Ana
Maria Luca
Mikołaj Łoziński
Mikołaj
Łoziński
Stanisław
Łubieński
Łukasz
Łuczaj
M-N
Andri
Snær Magnason
Magdalena
Maksimiuk
Ștefan
Manasia
Wojciech Mann
Wojciech
Mann
Victor
Martinovich
Marcin
Masecki
Daniel
Mason
Miha
Mazzini
Paulina
Małochleb
Gordon
Meade
Jarosław  Mikołajewski
Jarosław
Mikołajewski
Anna
Mitchell
Jerzy Miłkowski
Jerzy
Miłkowski
Zygmunt
Miłoszewski
Ka
Mochi
Aleksei
Morozov
Marcin
Moskalewicz
Anita
Musioł
Marcin Napiórkowski
Marcin
Napiórkowski
Tomek Niewiadomski
Tomek
Niewiadomski
Katarzyna
Nosowska
O-P
Paulina
Olszanka
Wojciech
Orliński
Marian
Orłoń
Osho
Nick
Paumgarten
Ewa Pawlik
Ewa
Pawlik
Piotr
Paziński
Fred
Pearce
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel
Włodzimierz
Karol Pessel
Ada
Petriczko
Grzegorz
Piątek
Tomasz
Pietrzak
Tomasz
Pindel
Sam
Pulham
Agata
Pyzik
R-S
Marek Raczkowski
Marek
Raczkowski
Karol
Radziszewski
Jonathan
L. Ramsey
Anna
Rembowska
Aleksandra
Reszelska
Joanna
Rudniańska
Kristina
Sabaliauskaitė
Sigal
Samuel
Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin
Sardar
Ren
Scateni
Mat
Schulz
Agnieszka
Dorota Sekuła
Renata
Senktas
Shoaib
Shafi
Tetiana
Shataieva
Karol
Sienkiewicz
Agata
Sikora
Leigh
Singer
The
Rojek Sisters
Tomasz
Sitarz
Tania
Skarynkina
Iza Smelczyńska
Iza
Smelczyńska
Rebecca
Solnit
Michał
Sosiński
Katarzyna Sroczyńska
Katarzyna
Sroczyńska
Izabela
„Czajka” Stachowicz
Curt
Stager
Tomasz Stawiszyński
Tomasz
Stawiszyński
Agnieszka Stein
Agnieszka
Stein
Łukasz
Stępnik
Jan
Stoberski
Olya
Stoyanova
Juliusz
Strachota
Jacek
Świdziński
Anna
Świrszczyńska
Stach Szabłowski
Stach
Szabłowski
Witold
Szabłowski
Jerzy
Szaniawski
Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Irena
„Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa
Mariusz
Szczygieł
Małgorzata
Szejnert
Wisława Szymborska
Wisława
Szymborska
Maryla
Szymiczkowa
T-U
Boyd
Tonkin
Antonina
Małgorzata Tosiek
Agata
Trzebuchowska
Katarzyna
Tubylewicz
Katarzyna Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Katarzyna
Tyszkiewicz-Borawska
Konstanty
Usenko
Grzegorz Uzdański
Grzegorz
Uzdański
Ana
Uzelac
V-W
Ernest
Valdemar
Julia
E. Wahl
Monika
Waraxa
Warren
Ward
Adam Węgłowski
Adam
Węgłowski
January
Weiner
January
Weiner & January Weiner
Tomasz Wichrowski
Tomasz
Wichrowski
Paulina Wilk
Paulina
Wilk
Tomasz Wiśniewski
Tomasz
Wiśniewski
Agnieszka
Wójcińska
Jędrzej
Wojnar
Marcin
Wroński
Ludwika
Włodek
X-Y
Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Enis
Yucekoralp
Z-Ż
Michał
Zabłocki
Urszula Zajączkowska
Urszula
Zajączkowska
Marta
Zboralska
Agata
Zborowska
Adam
Zdrodowski
Piotr
Żelazny