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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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A Secret Offer
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to succeed in the supermarket queue. Matthew Coachinger
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Crystal Fortune-Telling

Crystal Fortune-Telling
The Mystical Allure of Quartz

Magazine / society
The mineral commonly known as mountain crystal (or quartz) has captured the imagination for thousands of years. Why is this gemstone rumoured to be imbued with divine power? Paweł Janiszewski
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On Acceptance
healthy living

On Acceptance
Clichés vs. Viscosity

Magazine / society
The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all. Piotr Stankiewicz
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A Revolutionary Condiment
A seasonal dish

A Revolutionary Condiment
How to Make Your Own Lacto-Fermented Chili Sauce

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert outlines the virtues of spicy peppers, and gives a recipe for fermented chili sauce. dr Ryan Bromley

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A Toast to Tradition

A Toast to Tradition
The Joys of a Polish Wedding

Reading / society
The Polish wedding reception (or ‘wesele’) is a thing of legend that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It’s also an evening of joy, full of the warmest Polish traditions. Richard Greenhill
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Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

Magazine / society
Architect and food visionary Carolyn Steel talks about a culinary approach to a good life, the future of farming, and the importance of sharing food and meals. Paulina Wilk

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A Canadian in Bratislava

A Canadian in Bratislava
A Conversation with Ben Pascoe

Reading / society
Ben Pascoe, the Canadian founder of ‘Next Apache’, a cult café and second-hand book store in Bratislava, talks to Łukasz Grzesiczak about why he loves living in Slovakia. Łukasz Grzesiczak
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Say Yes to the World

Say Yes to the World
On Nietzsche and Affirmation

Magazine / society
In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs
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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl

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Thoughts on the End of Humanity

Thoughts on the End of Humanity
Towards a Sustainable Culinary Future

Magazine / society
In the face of ecological disaster, some people are taking a stand against destructive food practices. Local ingredients, zero waste and edible plates are just a handful of the ideas they are implementing. Monika Kucia
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My Visor

My Visor
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the joyous benefits of wearing a visor during the pandemic. Matthew Coachinger

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Hang in There
archives

Hang in There
How to Keep the Joy of Life

Magazine / society
In this 1979 report from the “Przekrój” archives, a series of journalists, clinicians and audience members muse on how to find joy in life. Przekrój 
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The Age of the Roma Witch
cross-border reportage

The Age of the Roma Witch
A European Witch Hunt

Reading / society
What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the third part include the fortune-telling Roma witches of Romania. Ana Maria Luca

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Sometimes I Dream About the War

Sometimes I Dream About the War
An Interview with Artem Chekh

Reading / society
Artem Chekh, a Ukrainian writer and veteran of the war in Donbass, talks about his experiences at the front and how they changed his worldview from the bubble of Kyiv. Łukasz Saturczak
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School Is Great in the Afternoon

School Is Great in the Afternoon
An Innocent Discussion About Education

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about every child’s favourite subject: school. Ewa Pawlik

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Cheerful Revolutions in the Fiend Valley

Cheerful Revolutions in the Fiend Valley
A Fairy Tale About Management

Magazine / society
Leadership, organization, joy – the path to success in each of these can be easily explained by a simple story involving various fiends and a lubberkin. Monika Jagówna Kostera
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Against Parenting

Against Parenting
An Interview with Alison Gopnik

Magazine / society
Psychologist Alison Gopnik talks about cultivating childhood, the importance of grandparents, and why reading books about parenting might not be such a good idea after all. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Get Up and Go

Get Up and Go
The Joys of Walking

Magazine / society
Using our feet benefits our physical and mental health, as well as improving our psychological capacities. Why not take a walk after reading this? Katarzyna Sroczyńska