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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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Okroshka and Dacha

Okroshka and Dacha
Two Highlights of the Russian Summer

Reading / society
The Russian summer is characterized by dacha summer houses and cold okroshka soup. What is the origin of these two cultural phenomena? Aleksei Morozov
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Nicola’s Fungi

Nicola’s Fungi
An Interview with an Urban Mushroom Farmer

Magazine / society
Nicola Dominici talks about opening his vegan restaurant and becoming an urban mushroom farmer in Miami. Ewa Pawlik

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The Power of Vinegar

The Power of Vinegar
Make Your Own Acetic Acid

Magazine / society
Vinegar has many medicinal properties and health benefits. Even better, it is easy to make your own vinegars at home. Dominika Bok
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A Craving for Cranberries

A Craving for Cranberries
What to Do with Cranberry Fruit

Magazine / society
The edible red fruit of the cranberry shrub is antiseptic, antioxidative and medicinal. It can be used to make juice, liqueur and preserves. Dominika Bok
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Longing for Emptiness

Longing for Emptiness
How to Avoid Overstimulation

Reading / society
In a world of social media and internet scrolling, information is everywhere. How can we turn off and avoid overstimulating our brains? Aleksandra Kozłowska

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1313 Was a Strange Year…

1313 Was a Strange Year…
The World Before European Domination

Magazine / society
The world of 1313 was vastly different. Empires and states were thriving in Africa and Asia, while Europe was of much lesser significance. Adam Węgłowski
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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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 Invention of Evil

The Invention of Evil
A Brief History of Witches

Magazine / society
The European witch hunting mania was inspired by religious fervour, colonial ambitions, and prolonged periods of societal instability. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Reading / society
There is one thing I owe to the pandemic. The refreshing thought that the city is not indispensable. I bid farewell to the thought of it as an exclusive synonym for the future.
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Hello, Christiansø?

Hello, Christiansø?
Life on the Ertholmene Archipelago

Magazine / society
Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Ewa Pawlik
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The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

Reading / society
The Karaites are Poland’s smallest ethnic minority. What do we know about their history? And what does their future hold? Agnieszka Rostkowska

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I Collect Signs of the End

I Collect Signs of the End
An Interview with Leszek Koczanowicz

Magazine / society
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes. Aleksandra Pezda
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka

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In Your Prime

In Your Prime
Plants for Youth and Longevity

Magazine / society
According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life. Dominika Bok
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The Wandering Sage

The Wandering Sage
The Path of a Tibetan Monk

Magazine / society
Lama Govind Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist monk whose spiritual practise is inspired by the 12th-century siddha Milarepa. Monika Waraxa

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Backwards
healthy living

Backwards
A New Direction in Walking

Magazine / society
Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease. Sylwia Niemczyk
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The Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water

The Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water
Get to Know the Four S’s

Magazine / society
Get to know the Four S’s! These guidelines allow anyone to understand how water flows across landscapes, from spring to river mouth. Łukasz Nowacki

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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
healthy living

A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
How to Make Pierogi with Mint

Magazine / society
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi). Łukasz Łuczaj