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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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Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead (audio)
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Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead (audio)

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Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Original publication by Ewa Pawlik. Read by Annie Krasińska.
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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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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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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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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.
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)

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Food isn’t simply a gustatory experience. It can also evoke associations with people and places, taking us on an emotional trip down memory lane. Original publication by Monika Kucia. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living (audio)
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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living (audio)

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Our ancestors lived in trees millions of years ago. Perhaps that’s why humans seem intent on returning to them. Original publication by Łukasz Stępnik. Read by Andy Edwins.
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)

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In Chechnya, the centuries-old Caucasian honour code is slowly being eroded by the bloody politics of Ramzan Kadyrov. Original publication by Wojciech Jagielski. Read by Richard Greenhill.
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The Door (audio)
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The Door (audio)

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About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Original publication by Magda Kiełbowicz. Read by Mark Ordon.
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)

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We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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What Do We Need Memory For? (audio)
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What Do We Need Memory For? (audio)

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In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past. Original publication by Włodek Goldkorn. Read by John Beauchamp.
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)

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From Gregorian chant to Buddhist mantras, a writer explores the therapeutic properties of singing. Original publication by Aleksandra Reszelska. Read by Nathaniel Espino.
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

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Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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A Cap and a Stem. The Culinary Rewards of Mushroom Foraging (audio)
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A Cap and a Stem. The Culinary Rewards of Mushroom Foraging (audio)

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The versatility and rich flavour of mushrooms makes them an excellent cooking ingredient. It’s hardly surprising that mushroom-picking is an essential part of traditional Slavic culture. Original publication by Monika Kucia. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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The Migrant

The Migrant

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“The Migrant” is a story about a bird’s remarkable life course; a story about how we deal with animals, the city’s makeability and our attempt to shape an ideal society.
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The Last Road of the Immortal Woman

The Last Road of the Immortal Woman

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“The Last Road of the Immortal Woman” is where Henrietta Lacks is no longer alive, but not yet immortal. A liminal space separating mortality and immortality, the scientific and the emotional, the political and the personal, the metaphysical and the empirical, exploitation and recognition.