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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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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg
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In Search of Hope
Mind the climate

In Search of Hope
Letter to a Young Climate Activist on the First Day of the New Decade

Magazine / society
Don’t stop being angry but also don’t lose sight of beauty. A letter to a young climate activist. Rebecca Solnit

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Judgment

Judgment
Or How to Avoid Harming Others and Ourselves

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West recommends what we can all do in order to live better lives. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)
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Under the Cover of the Moon

Under the Cover of the Moon
The Life of Soil in Spring

Magazine / society
Our writer breathes in the fresh spring air at Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland, as she discovers what happens when new life begins to blossom in the soil. Berenika Steinberg
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The Most Beautiful Day of My Life

The Most Beautiful Day of My Life
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the art of delivering a joke. Matthew Coachinger

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April in History

April in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of April. Adam Węgłowski
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When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?

When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
An Interview with Anna Grąbczewska

Magazine / society
Anna Grąbczewska, President of the Children’s University Foundation in Poland, talks about the curiosity of children, why school doesn’t work for everyone, and how we can change teaching methods for the better. Aleksandra Pezda

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How Much Jesus Is There in Jesus?

How Much Jesus Is There in Jesus?
An Interview with Helen K. Bond

Magazine / society
Helen K. Bond talks about the historical Jesus, why he is a natural ally for children on climate strikes, and how early Christianity can be likened to a countercultural movement. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Beniowskian Poland

Beniowskian Poland
An Alternative Colonial History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which Poland’s inter-war dreams of colonizing Madagascar were actually realized. Adam Węgłowski

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Storm Before the Calm
Mind the climate

Storm Before the Calm
The Impending Collapse of the West

Magazine / society
Across the last few centuries, the West has established global domination. Yet change is coming, in part spurred on by our overindulgence in economic growth and fossil fuels. Kacper Pobłocki
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As Loud as Possible

As Loud as Possible
Urban Noise Pollution

Magazine / society
When was the last time that you were truly surrounded by silence? City life is inevitably always accompanied by noise, and it’s a growing problem for our health. Paulina Wilk

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90s kid

90s kid

Reading / society
I grew up in provincial Poland just after socialism ended. Here's what it was like. Natalia Domagała
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A Hockey Player? You Can Take That to the Bank
sports

A Hockey Player? You Can Take That to the Bank
The Story of the Whisky Robber

Magazine / society
Throughout the 1990s, Budapest experienced a wave of armed robberies perpetrated by the so-called Whisky Robber. The man in question – a hockey goalkeeper named Attila Ambrus – became a national hero. Wojtek Antonów

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Thought Took Wing from the Body

Thought Took Wing from the Body
An Interview with Bartłomiej Dobroczyński

Magazine / society
Psychologist Bartłomiej Dobroczyński talks about the limits of thinking, how we might think less, and why thinking is analogous to sex. Katarzyna Sroczyńska
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The Home of Happy Orphanhood

The Home of Happy Orphanhood
An Orphanage in Amsterdam

Magazine / society
In the 1960s, an attempt was made to create the perfect children’s home in Amsterdam. Today, there are no orphanages in the Netherlands, but Aldo van Eyck’s great architecture remains. Zygmunt Borawski

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Silence Is Within Us
healthy living

Silence Is Within Us
The Origins of “Desiderata”

Reading / society
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland? Renata Lis
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Love Thy Neighbour? Madness!

Love Thy Neighbour? Madness!
An Interview with Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor

Magazine / society
The Lord of the Rings himself, none other than the Dark Lord Sauron, talks with Grzegorz Uzdański about the flaws of Jesus, his fondness for Christians with guns, and why he approves of the Polish Church. Grzegorz Uzdański

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A Kingdom for Silence

A Kingdom for Silence
The Problem with Noise

Magazine / society
For most of us, exposure to noise is inescapable (and is only getting worse). Its consequences for our health are manifold. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
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Painted Dogs

Painted Dogs
The Canine in Fine Art

Magazine / society
Man’s best friend has loyally accompanied us through the ages, as evidenced by their depiction in fine art. But what can such paintings tell us about the dog owners of yore? Aleksandra Galewska

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A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye

A Tiger Won’t Look You in The Eye
The Shifting Tides of Sundarbans

Magazine / society
At the confluence of three rivers in the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans mangrove forest grows. A beautiful place, yet with rising tides and Bengal tigers, life here is unstable. Paulina Wilk