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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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One Happy Family
Eastern blocks

One Happy Family
Life on a Dnipro Housing Estate

Reading / society
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other. Tetiana Shataieva
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A New Year from an Old World

A New Year from an Old World
Stepping Into a Decade of Hope

Magazine / society
The year 1989 was especially significant for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. We take a look at the prognoses “Przekrój” made in our final issue of the 1980s. Ewa Pawlik

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On the New Zealand Trail

On the New Zealand Trail
Hiking Through Te Araroa

Reading / society
New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail stretches 3000 kilometres, across both the North Island and South Island. It’s a physical challenge, but one that is also spiritually rewarding. Paweł Janeczek
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey

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Fields of Good Energy

Fields of Good Energy
The Life of Soil in Winter

Magazine / society
Our writer makes a winter trip to Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland to discover what happens when the soil is frozen over. Berenika Steinberg
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The Road to Freedom
sports

The Road to Freedom
An Interview with Michał Woroch

Magazine / society
Michał Woroch talks about his plans to trek the Himalayas in a wheelchair, his previous adventures in Mongolia and the Americas, and how he found the perfect madman partner for his travels. Wojtek Antonów

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The Nine-Mouthed River

The Nine-Mouthed River
Life in the Mekong Delta

Magazine / society
In southern Vietnam, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands is home to 20 million people, most of whom rely on the water for their everyday activities and livelihoods. Yet newly-built dams and the imminent climate catastrophe could soon change all of this. Paulina Wilk
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The Sound of Concrete
Eastern blocks

The Sound of Concrete
Life on a Warsaw Housing Estate

Reading / society
In the first instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Konstanty Usenko, a long-time resident of the Jelonki housing estate in Warsaw, remembers life growing up in the concrete jungle. Konstanty Usenko

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A Political Weather Forecast
Mind the climate

A Political Weather Forecast
The Domino Effect of Climate

Magazine / society
History shows us that the weather is intrinsically connected with politics. More specifically, drastic changes in climate can lead to mass migration, instigating the collapse of old empires and the birth of new societies. Andrzej Krajewski
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It Blows

It Blows
The Lyrical Power of the Wind

Magazine / society
The wind is physically powerful, yet – as a quick glance through both ancient and modern literature shows – it also holds a more existential power over how we perceive ourselves within the world. Renata Lis

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Tradition Invented

Tradition Invented
The Migration of Food

Magazine / society
It can be tempting to consider a nation’s traditional food as a product solely of that culture. Yet the reality is more complex. Cuisine is in constant flux; always being reinvented. Monika Kucia
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You Must Change Your Life

You Must Change Your Life
The Philosophy of Transformation

Magazine / society
In uncertain times, many of us look towards developing our self as a means of adapting to changing circumstances. Along the way, we may be helped by the likes of Jordan Peterson and Peter Sloterdijk. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas

The Wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West notices many similarities between Jesus’s teachings and traditions of yoga. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)
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In the Land of the Fluffy Snow
sports

In the Land of the Fluffy Snow
10 Reasons to Go Skiing in Japan

Magazine / society
During winter, abundant snow in the north of Japan offers plenty to skiers and snowboarders. But that’s not the only reason why you should visit the country’s slopes… Wojtek Antonów

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The Lost Dream of the Future
Mind the climate

The Lost Dream of the Future
An Interview with Clive Hamilton

Magazine / society
Clive Hamilton talks about the importance of preparing for a harsher future, the role of big businesses in climate change denial, and why we must abandon the idea of endless progress. Agata Kasprolewicz
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How to Talk to People

How to Talk to People
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to (not) talk to people. Matthew Coachinger

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Icelandic Survival Strategies

Icelandic Survival Strategies
Life Among the Fjords in Þingeyri

Magazine / society
In the far north of Iceland, on the coast of the fjord Dýrafjörður, social reciprocity and artistic expression are valued above all else. Anna Berestecka
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The Neighbourly Kindness of the Soul

The Neighbourly Kindness of the Soul

Reading / society
An excerpt from Paramahansa Yogananda’s commentary on the Bible. Paramahansa Yogananda

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The Happy Moments Trap
healthy living

The Happy Moments Trap
The Illusion of Retreats

Magazine / society
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives. Adam Aduszkiewicz