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A Genocide of Neglect

A Genocide of Neglect
An Interview with Rebecca Makkai

Reading / culture
Rebbeca Makkai talks about why she set her novel “The Great Believers” in Chicago, who she wrote the book for (and against), and the injustices of the AIDS epidemic. Paulina Małochleb 

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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski
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December in History

December in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of December. Adam Węgłowski
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What Holds Us Here

What Holds Us Here
How Gravity Governs Life on Earth

Magazine / science
Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist. Mikołaj Golachowski

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Sweat, Sage and Shamans
healthy living

Sweat, Sage and Shamans
A Sweatlodge in Poland

Magazine / society
Sweatlodge purification ceremonies – part of the traditions of various Indigenous peoples – are also practised in Poland. Is this cultural appropriation? Ewa Pluta
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Double Axell

Double Axell
Evelyne Axell at Muzeum Susch

Reading / culture
The exhibition “Evelyne Axell: Body Double” at Muzeum Susch in Switzerland returns the eponymous artist to her rightful place in the pop art canon. Ewa Borysiewicz
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Jungle, Our Healer
healthy living

Jungle, Our Healer
Botanical Medicine in the Americas

Magazine / society
In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments. Maria Hawranek

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Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does
Big Think

Karma Doesn't Work How Most People Think It Does

Reading / society
Eastern traditions have complex views on how karma affects your life. Paul Ratner

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Our Sisters’ Auntie

Our Sisters’ Auntie
The Life of Alaiza Pashkevich

Reading / culture
Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity. Marta Panas-Goworska i Andrzej Goworski 
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Afterlife

Afterlife

Media / Photo
Afterlife is a visual dialogue conducted between Szymon Rogiński’s photographs and the timeless structures of Katarzyna Korzeniecka’s works, created using the marbling (Ebru) technique.
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Independent of Everyone

Independent of Everyone
An Interview with Agi Mishol

Reading / culture
Israeli poet Agi Mishol talks about old age, her family’s memories of Europe, and the role of nature in poetry. Paulina Małochleb 
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The Planet Is A-Changing

The Planet Is A-Changing
The Earth’s Synergistic System

Magazine / science
The work of James Hutton, Edward Suess and James Lovelock suggests that living organisms work alongside inorganic matter to sustain – or destroy – life on Earth. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

Reading / society
Post-break-up and amid a global pandemic, our writer decided to follow each and every piece of advice thrown at him to help him through uncertain times.
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Sun in a Jar

Sun in a Jar
Making Kombucha at Home

Magazine / society
Kombucha is easy enough to make at home. All you need is to order a starter kit with a SCOBY, wait for it to ferment, and then experience a new, healthier life. Maria Hawranek

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A Puzzling Artwork (4)

A Puzzling Artwork (4)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist depicts a great battle between good and evil. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Beauty and Utility

Beauty and Utility
The Life of William Morris

Magazine / society
William Morris was a man of many talents – among which he revived traditional British textile arts and popularized socialist ideas in Victorian society. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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In Search of Wild Bliss

In Search of Wild Bliss
Food in Nature

Magazine / society
In contemporary society, we are increasingly disconnected from the origin of the food on our plates. But is it even possible to eat wild? Paulina Wilk
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Colors Evoke Similar Emotions Around the World, Survey Finds
big think

Colors Evoke Similar Emotions Around the World, Survey Finds

Reading / science
Certain colors are globally linked to certain feelings, the study reveals. Jaimee Bell

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Captain Nobody
short story

Captain Nobody

Reading / literature
We imagine how Captain Nemo might have looked, had he been a Polish aristocrat fighting Russian tyranny, as Jules Verne originally intended in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. Adam Węgłowski
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Sculptures for the Blind
Poematic

Sculptures for the Blind

Reading / literature
“The blind view sculptures with their fingers.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska