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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!

Society

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Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood
(Or a Heifer or Two)

Reading / society
In Chechnya, the centuries-old Caucasian honour code is slowly being eroded by the bloody politics of Ramzan Kadyrov. Wojciech Jagielski
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Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?

Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?
An Interview with Bruce Hood

Reading / society
Bruce Hood talks about our inclination towards the supernatural, the illusion of free will, and his collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Kid-splosion!

Kid-splosion!
Awkward Encounters with Children’s Questions

Magazine / society
To mark International Children’s Day, an author presents a selection of remarks from young readers, demonstrating great curiosity and destructive power. Grzegorz Kasdepke
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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of June. Adam Węgłowski
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The Ways of Kriya Yoga

The Ways of Kriya Yoga
An Interview with Marshall Govindan

Magazine / society
Marshall Govindan talks about self-realization, Salvador Dali, and visiting an Arabian horse farm in communist Poland. Tomasz Niewiadomski

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The Beating of the Horned Heart

The Beating of the Horned Heart
Stanisław Szukalski’s Delirious Creativity

Magazine / society
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. Mikołaj Gliński
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The Gospel According to Pinker

The Gospel According to Pinker
An Interview with Steven Pinker

Magazine / society
Steven Pinker talks about Enlightenment values, conspiracy theories, and why we should all be more optimistic about the future. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Energy Travels Vertically

Energy Travels Vertically
The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda

Magazine / society
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. Paulina Wilk
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Sour Milk, Sweet Life

Sour Milk, Sweet Life
How to Make Your Own Yoghurt

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt. dr Ryan Bromley

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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

Reading / society
The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda

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A Spiritual Spritzer

A Spiritual Spritzer
How to Make Elderflower Cordial

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert explores the folklore behind Sambucus nigra L. (also known as elderberry), and gives a recipe for homemade elderflower cordial. dr Ryan Bromley
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Spring in Sport
sports

Spring in Sport
A Round-Up of Sporting News

Reading / society
Our correspondent’s summary of sport in spring 2019, from Senegalese wrestling to steroids in steak. Michał Szadkowski

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Ten Feet Under

Ten Feet Under
The Gold Rush in Peru’s Amazon Basin

Reading / society
The Madre de Dios region has seen a relentless stream of illegal gold mining. This is taking its toll not only on the Amazonian rainforest, but also on the area’s inhabitants. Paulina Wilk
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The Un-Prison

The Un-Prison
Life Inside Uruguay’s Most Progressive Prison

Reading / society
Punta de Rieles is home to around 600 prisoners, 38 small businesses and a thriving inmate community. It also has some of South America’s lowest recidivism rates. Maria Hawranek

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Mao and the Sparrows

Mao and the Sparrows
A Communist State’s War Against Nature

Reading / society
In 1958, Mao Zedong ordered the killing of all sparrows. The resulting ecological imbalance exacerbated the Great Famine, creating a fatal chapter in China’s history. Agata Kasprolewicz
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The Science of the Non-Existing Self

The Science of the Non-Existing Self
How Meditation Entered the Academic Consciousness

Reading / society
50 years ago, the study of meditation was laughed at by mainstream Western psychologists. We recount how non-dual awareness has become a growing area of serious scientific study. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Floating Homes

Floating Homes
Architectural Solutions to Sea Level Rise

Reading / society
Jakarta is the fastest sinking city in the world today. In the face of global warming, can humanity adapt to higher and higher sea water levels? Łukasz Stępnik
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The Lift Looks After the Washing Machine

The Lift Looks After the Washing Machine
Self-Automation in a Household Appliance Warehouse

Reading / society
Europe’s tallest high-bay warehouse processes 120 pallets every hour. Remarkably, it’s managed by only three human employees. Our correspondent explores its intelligent design. Agata Romaniuk

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Planet of the Birds

Planet of the Birds
An Alternative Avian History

Reading / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which birds won the evolutionary race. Adam Węgłowski