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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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Jewels of Tears and Loss

Jewels of Tears and Loss
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
Between the Middle Ages and the turn of the 19th century, the custom of wearing mourning jewellery flourished, especially among the British elite. Tomasz Wichrowski

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In Death There Is Also Life

In Death There Is Also Life
An Interview with Vinciane Despret

Reading / society
Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief. Paulina Małochleb 
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Ghost-Summoning Drums

Ghost-Summoning Drums
The Vimbuza Ceremony in Malawi

Reading / culture
Piotr Cichocki, an ethnographer and curator of the 1000Hz record label, talks about the Vimbuza dance ceremony in Malawi. Jan Błaszczak
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On the Holy Lake

On the Holy Lake
Life on Lake Titicaca

Magazine / society
Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. What significance does it hold for the Indigenous people who live on the lake? Maciej Wesołowski

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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
Kurzgesagt

Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument

Media / Video
In future, it might become possible to simulate entire universes. But if this an option, how can we know that it’s not already happened?
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Po’e and Sunday Lunch

Po’e and Sunday Lunch
A Tahitian Pudding Prepared with Volcanic Rocks

Reading / society
On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, friends and families eat Sunday lunch together. How do they prepare po’e, a traditional pudding-style dessert? Tiare Tuuhia
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An Incomprehensible Intelligence
Stanisław Lem

An Incomprehensible Intelligence
On Social Media and Inner Fantasies

Reading / society
The mysterious intelligent ocean in Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris” has been interpreted as a metaphor for the subconscious, God, modern technology, and more. But what if we saw it as an emblem of social media? Aleksei Morozov

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Dismantling Capitalism

Dismantling Capitalism
The Life of John Seymour

Magazine / society
John Seymour was a leading pioneer of self-sufficiency. His ideas can today be felt in the post-growth movement, as well as the WWOOF community. Dominika Bok
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A Time of Gentleness

A Time of Gentleness
An Interview with Ece Temelkuran

Magazine / society
Turkish journalist and author Ece Temelkuran talks about the political power of gentleness amid growing global fascism. Paulina Wilk
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What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale
Kurzgesagt

What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale

Media / Video
The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our home galaxy. In the milky way alone scientists assume there are some 40 billion earth like planets in the habitable zone of their stars. When we look at these numbers it is hard to imagine that there is nobody else out there.
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Alone in the Bosom of Nature
Non-Fiction

Alone in the Bosom of Nature

Reading / literature
It is often said that Sweden is a ‘loners’ paradise’, but there is more to this than meets the eye. How, for example, is the Swedish concept of ‘solitude’ connected with time spent in nature? Katarzyna Tubylewicz
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Too Close to Midnight

Too Close to Midnight
An Interview with Yael Bartana

Reading / culture
Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”. Mateusz Demski

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The Evolution of a Leader

The Evolution of a Leader
The Rise and Fall of Evo Morales

Magazine / society
Evo Morales rode a wave of popular support when he became the first Indigenous president of Bolivia in 2006. A decade later, his popularity is waning. Maciej Wesołowski
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of November. Adam Węgłowski
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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