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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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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Everybody Knows
Conversations from the Playground

Everybody Knows
An Innocent Discussion About Youth

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, the discussion is a little different – owing to everybody knows what. Ewa Pawlik
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Day at the Anatomy Museum
Poematic

Day at the Anatomy Museum

Reading / literature
“gorgeous guys don’t go about in massive jars— / a thought the Anatomy Museum refutes.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Tomasz Pietrzak
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Jarosław
Mikołajewski

A Tuscan Landscape

Reading / society
Looking out from the shore of Italy, across the Mediterranean Sea, a writer reflects on how in a short space of time, so much has changed.
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Good Job, Mr Beaver

Good Job, Mr Beaver
In Praise of a Glorious Rodent

Magazine / science
Beavers are remarkable creatures. Not only are their unique teeth a beautiful feat of nature, but they also play an important ecological role. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the innocent joys and guilty pleasures of scrumping. Monika Kucia
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Flying to Oz

Flying to Oz
An Unpredictable Future

Magazine / society
In a time of unpredictability, it might be best to meet the cyclone head on – and break out of the confines of the status quo. Paulina Wilk

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From the Desert to Museums

From the Desert to Museums
The Journey of Aboriginal Art

Magazine / culture
Long marginalized as ‘primitive art’, the art of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia is slowly but surely gaining global recognition. Karol Sienkiewicz
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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous football victory over their Central European neighbours, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski
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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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The Wild Wisła We Love!

The Wild Wisła We Love!
An Interview with Two Artists

Magazine / culture
The artists Ewa Ciepielewska and Agnieszka Brzeżańska talk about their annual art residency FLOW, which is held on a boat that traverses the length of the Vistula River. Karol Radziszewski
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Teenage Heroes

Teenage Heroes
Three Remarkable Children

Magazine / society
Today’s youth are often maligned by the older generations, yet many of them have the drive and ability to fearlessly change the world. Maria Hawranek

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A Boy and His Tree

A Boy and His Tree
An Excerpt from “The Overstory”

Reading / literature
He wanted to be as simple and honest as the tree that his father planted on the occasion of his birth. We present you with an excerpt from “The Overstory”, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction. Richard Powers
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Hurricane-Proof Homes

Hurricane-Proof Homes
Preparing for Extreme Weather

Magazine / society
America’s coastal cities are already threatened by hurricanes, and global warming will only make this worse. How can architects adapt to this reality? Zygmunt Borawski

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A Drinking Deer

A Drinking Deer
The Water of Life

Magazine / society
From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from? Monika Kucia
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The Australian Alcatraz

The Australian Alcatraz
An Interview with Bartosz Twaróg

Magazine / society
Traveller Bartosz Twaróg talks about the unjust history of the Aboriginal peoples sent to Palm Island, where they were subjected to colonial violence for decades. Jan Pelczar

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Kind by Nature

Kind by Nature
Have Faith in Humanity

Reading / culture
In his latest book “Humankind: A Hopeful History”, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman deconstructs the idea of humanity as inherently evil to paint a much more optimistic portrait of human nature. Paulina Wilk
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A Time to Shed Our Scales

A Time to Shed Our Scales
An Interview with Maciej Zięba

Magazine / society
Father Maciej Zięba of the Polish Catholic Church talks about the difficulties of the pandemic, dealing with change, and his experiences in the Solidarity movement of the 1980s. Kamil Bałuk

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Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

Media / Photo
The depiction of female anger as irrational, hysterical, and just plain ugly has a long tradition: from harpies, witches and Medusa, to young girls inculcated to be polite and smiling, to memes of raging feminists and the so-called Resting Bitch Face syndrome.
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The Rhythm of the Night
healthy living

The Rhythm of the Night
How Music Can Help with Insomnia

Reading / science
Everyday stress and anxiety increasingly pervade our waking lives; at night-time, too, they can lead to sleeplessness. Can music help us tune out from insomnia? Enis Yucekoralp