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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!

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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid (audio)
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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid (audio)

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In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug. Original text written by Aleksander Kaczorowski. Read by Richard Greenhill.
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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

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Fokas boldly strips his model-friends down in front of the lens; yet, their poses are far from sexualized. A physical and spatial tension unfolds, as playful and surreal corporeal formations engage in a choreographic interplay of attraction, seduction, detachment, and resistance. Flirting with autonomy and vulnerability, his subjects are often witnessed as being in distress.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)

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We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)

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An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska. Read by
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)

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Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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Too Much Love (audio)
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Too Much Love (audio)

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A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw. Read by Daniel Sax.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit (audio)
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit (audio)

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The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Written by Konstanty Usenko. Read by Daniel Sax.
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The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)
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The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)

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A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński. Read By Daniel Sax.
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Women Who Know (audio)
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Women Who Know (audio)

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The Kashubia region in northern Poland is home to the country’s last generation of witches. These women use their powers to cure and help people, as the grand-niece of one such witch finds out. Original text by Stasia Budzisz. Read by Daniel Sax.
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The Beating of the Horned Heart (audio)
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The Beating of the Horned Heart (audio)

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On the centenary of Poland’s independence, we take a closer look at the odd relationship Poles have with freedom. Here, we observe the artist Stanisław Szukalski as he goes searching for traces of ancient Poles on Easter Island. Read by Daniel Sax.
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Laniakea

Laniakea

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Sławomir Pawszak’s photograms are genetically consistent with the direction of artistic experiments focused on “drawing”, or rather “painting” with light. In form, his works are the closest to Karol Hiller’s heliographic images, albeit more for the idea they follow rather than the technique as such.
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Rubedo

Rubedo

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The starting point of the visual essay “Rubedo”, produced in the form of a three-channelled animation, is Jakub Woynarowski’s curatorial project “Echoes” from 2014, as well as the accompanying performative lecture “Redrum”, prepared in collaboration with Kuba Mikurda.
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Mrs Mohr Goes Missing (audio)

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing (audio)

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A corpse has been discovered at a retirement home run by nuns, but Zofia is not convinced that the death was entirely natural... Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates an excerpt from the first novel in a period crime series featuring Zofia Turbotyńska. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
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From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

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Photograph by the famous duo Marina Abramovic & Ulay
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Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

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Some years ago, I began refusing to eat meat entirely. My objection being based neither on ecological nor ethical grounds, I could only guess at what mechanism of a personal eschatology drove my alimentary choice. – Ksenia Yurkova
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Mikado

Mikado

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The Mikado series is the latest stage of my long-standing artistic development as a photographer, and the next step in my analysis of the creative process. For the past fifteen years, the techniques of digital image processing became crucial for my art. When working on the Mikado project, I experimented with form, focusing solely on the creative process and its medium. – Igor Omulecki
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One Third

One Third

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According to a UN study, one third of the world's food goes to waste - the largest part thereof in the industrialized nations of the global north. Equally, 925 million people around the world are threatened by starvation. The series "One Third" describes the connection between individual wastage of food and globalized food production.
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Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? (audio)
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Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? (audio)

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The genome is like a cookbook; an old one with stains and notes in the margins. A biologist describes the fascinating discoveries of epigenetics. Original publication by January Weiner. Read by Eryk Bednarski.
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa (audio)
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa (audio)

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At the ripe old age of 96, Poland’s oldest blogger describes the art of sarcasm and scathing comebacks. Original publication by Irena "Kika" Szaszkiewiczowa. Read by Mark Bence.
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What Are You Reading, Mr President? (audio)

What Are You Reading, Mr President? (audio)

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We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country. Original publication by Paulina Wilk. Read by Annie Krasińska.