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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!

Science

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The Man Who Measured the World

The Man Who Measured the World
The Life of Alexander von Humboldt

Magazine / science
Alexander von Humboldt spent most of his life observing and measuring nature across the world. In many ways, he is the godfather of ecology. Mirosław Wlekły
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What Is Life? Is Death Real?
Kurzgesagt

What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Media / Video
So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.
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The Poles From the Scottish Café

The Poles From the Scottish Café
The Lwów School of Mathematics

Magazine / science
The Lwów School of Mathematics comprised some of the most brilliant mathematical minds – the problems they posited still inspire the latest maths theories. Marek Górlikowski

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The Golden Age of Silver

The Golden Age of Silver
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
The Georgian era in Britain was a time of opulence. What jewellery trends emerged during this period of middle- and upper-class wealth? Tomasz Wichrowski
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Roland Barthes, “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”

Roland Barthes, “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“You wait for me where I do not want to go: you love me where I do not exist.” An excerpt from Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including cosmic holograms, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, and tardigrades on the moon. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose”

Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“He put in his finger, and drew out – a nose!” An excerpt from Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Nose”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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Fledging Pains

Fledging Pains
The Truth About Animal Youth

Magazine / science
Just like among humans, parenting exists in the animal kingdom, too. Whether it constitutes purposeful teaching is still under debate. Mikołaj Golachowski

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Janusz Korczak, “How to Love a Child”

Janusz Korczak, “How to Love a Child”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“A child breathes inner promise...” An excerpt from Janusz Korczak’s “How to Love a Child”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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How Arne Sowed the Seed

How Arne Sowed the Seed
The Father of Deep Ecology

Magazine / society
Almost half a century ago, the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss created the concept of deep ecology. We still have much to learn from his principles today. Andrzej Kula

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Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”

Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”
Illustrated Snippets

Magazine / culture
“This autumn is a great traveling theater dissembling through poetry...” An excerpt from Bruno Schulz’s short story “Second Autumn”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka. Joanna Grochocka 
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A Three-Dimensional Nothing

A Three-Dimensional Nothing
Holograms and Art

Magazine / culture
In the 1960s and 1970s, the invention of holograms seemed to represent huge potential for the art world. Why did the use of this technique never catch on? Stach Szabłowski

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An Artist of Many Faces

An Artist of Many Faces
The Life of Nadia Léger

Magazine / culture
Nadia Léger – also known as Wanda Chodasiewicz – is barely remembered today. Yet the painter practised a great many styles, playing a significant role in Polish art history. Zbigniew Libera
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People, Plants and Gods

People, Plants and Gods
The Birth of Agriculture

Magazine / culture
The Neolithic revolution brought with it the advent of agriculture. What exactly did this entail and who should we thank for it? Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Lematrix
Stanisław Lem

Lematrix
The Illusory Worlds of Stanisław Lem

Magazine / culture
The books of science fiction writer Stanisław Lem contain interesting – if disturbing – visions of the world around us as a mere illusion. Piotr Paziński
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The Fig Tree Remembers

The Fig Tree Remembers
A Lesson in Co-Existence

Magazine / culture
In her latest book “The Island of Missing Trees”, novelist Elif Shafak gives voice to a fig tree, raising pertinent questions about borders and belonging. Paulina Wilk

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To Know Beautifully

To Know Beautifully
Where Art and Science Meet

Magazine / science
Art and science might seem unconnected and dissimilar, yet the combination of these two disciplines is as wonderful as it is suprising. Szymon Drobniak
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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
Kurzgesagt

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

Media / Video
Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.
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Better Not to Talk About It

Better Not to Talk About It
An Interview About the ‘Pishtaco’

Magazine / society
Elżbieta Jodłowska – an ethnologist and researcher of the culture of the Indigenous Andean Quechua people – talks about the bogeyman figure of the ‘pishtaco’ in the Andes. Tomasz Pindel
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The Pishtaco Emerges from the Andes

The Pishtaco Emerges from the Andes
The Origins of the Andean Bogeyman

Magazine / culture
The pishtaco – a seemingly mythical creature that lives among the Indigenous peoples of the Andes – has its origins in the real-life events of Spanish colonialism. Tomasz Pindel