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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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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

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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.
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Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Energy Travels Vertically ♫

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In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Original text by Paulina Wilk. Read by Konstancja Dangel. Translated by Mark Ordon.
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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid ♫

A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid ♫

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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. 
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

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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.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

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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.

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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

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“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.
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Too Much Love ♫

Too Much Love ♫

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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.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫

Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫

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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.
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

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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.
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Women Who Know ♫

Women Who Know ♫

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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.
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The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫

The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫

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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.
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? ♫

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? ♫

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Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.
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Mrs Mohr Goes Missing ♫

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing ♫

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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.
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Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? ♫

Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? ♫

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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.
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa ♫

Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa ♫

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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.
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What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

What Are You Reading, Mr President? ♫

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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.
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour ♫

An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour ♫

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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.
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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living ♫

Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living ♫

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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.
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two ♫

Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two ♫

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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.
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The Door ♫

The Door ♫

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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.