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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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Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska
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Qualities of Earth
healthy living

Qualities of Earth

Magazine / society
‘Allotment earth is like the cache on a public computer, it holds too much information.’ Rebecca May Johnson

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Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816
Mind the climate

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

Magazine / society
It is two hundred years since "The Year Without a Summer", when a sun-obscuring ash cloud — ejected from one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history — caused temperatures to plummet the world over. Gillen D’Arcy Wood
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Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose By Not Experiencing the Outdoors Enough
big think

Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose By Not Experiencing the Outdoors Enough

Magazine / society
Research explains the positive impact and health benefits of children spending more time in nature. Jaimee Bell

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Daily Grace
aeon

Daily Grace

Magazine / society
Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland. Jay Griffiths

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Only Connect
aeon

Only Connect

Magazine / society
Buddhism and ecology both refuse to separate the human and natural worlds – and demand that we act accordingly. David P. Barash
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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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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman

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A Kibbutz on the Couch

A Kibbutz on the Couch
An Interview with Shai Orr

Magazine / society
Israeli therapist Shai Orr – author of the book “Miraculous Parenting” – talks about education, kibbutzim, and what it means to be successful. Ewa Pawlik

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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of May. Adam Węgłowski
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Mission: Visibility

Mission: Visibility
An Interview with Teatr 21’s Justyna Sobczyk

Reading / society
People with Down’s syndrome and autism are often ignored by the public. The Warsaw-based theatre Teatr 21 wants to change that. Mateusz Demski

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Bravo, Okinawa!
healthy living

Bravo, Okinawa!
The Secret to a Long Life

Magazine / society
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success? Aleksandra Reszelska
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Caucasian Fusion

Caucasian Fusion
How to Make Georgian Pkhali

Magazine / society
Pkhali – balls of wild leaves mixed with nuts and spices – are popular cuisine in Georgia, where the locals enjoy a close relationship to nature. Łukasz Łuczaj

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The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”

The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”
The Life of Jan Mikolášek

Reading / society
The Czech herbalist Jan Mikolášek – hero of Agnieszka Holland’s latest film “Charlatan” – lived a fascinating life, healing Nazis, communists, and perhaps even kings. Michał Zabłocki
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The Happy Minimalists

The Happy Minimalists
The Language of the Pirahã People

Magazine / society
The Pirahã people of the Amazon River basin live in the present. They also speak a unique language, which sparked a linguistic war with the likes of Noam Chomsky. Maciej Świetlik

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My Mini Me
healthy living

My Mini Me
On Yoga and Maternity

Magazine / society
What do yoga and maternity have in common? How can taking control of our body help us to reflect on how we view ourselves and our children? Ludwika Włodek
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A Self-Sufficient System

A Self-Sufficient System
The Need for Permaculture

Magazine / society
Permaculture – an approach that adopts successful self-sufficient systems from nature – might hold the key to producing healthy food in a time of ecological crisis. Łukasz Nowacki

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The Wisdom of Flowers
healthy living

The Wisdom of Flowers
Learning From Nature

Magazine / society
Spring is the perfect time to be inspired by nature – flowers can be a great source of knowledge for us humans. Maria Górz
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With Good Intentions
healthy living

With Good Intentions
On Cultivating Mindful Intention

Magazine / society
Intentions have great power. In order to harness this power, we must first understand what intention is, before taking a mindful approach to it. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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The White Lady Comes After Dark

The White Lady Comes After Dark
Death in Latin America

Magazine / society
In Latin America, the unique concept of death is a combination of Indigenous beliefs and those imported by the Spanish colonizers. Maciej Wesołowski