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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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Emotional Illusions

Emotional Illusions
An Interview with Eva Illouz

Magazine / society
Eva Illouz talks about the privatization of emotion, the mistakes of the contemporary Left, and the age of immunity to truth. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Escape to the Apocalypse

Escape to the Apocalypse
Our Obsession with the End Times

Reading / society
Abrahamic eschatology teaches us that the end of the world is coming. Maybe that’s why we’re so captivated by catastrophe in the West. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of October.
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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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In Praise of Nudity

In Praise of Nudity
The Nudist Beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

Reading / society
Poland may be a Catholic country, but it has its fair share of nudists. You might find them at the infamous beach at Chałupy, or even further afield in Bulgaria, whose Black Sea resorts have long attracted regional naturists. Stasia Budzisz

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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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Aloha, Kaʻiulani!

Aloha, Kaʻiulani!
The Tale of a Hawaiian Princess

Reading / society
Princess Kaʻiulani was born in 1875 on Hawaii. Over just 23 years, the young royal saw and struggled against the American annexation of her Pacific island home. Aleksandra  Kozłowska

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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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The 666 Faces of the Beast

The 666 Faces of the Beast
How to Find the Devil Everywhere

Magazine / society
For people with hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, the number 666 is more than just a superstition; it’s a shockingly omnipresent Satanic symbol... Adam Węgłowski

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The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen
A Pocket Compendium of Demonology

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You never know when Lucifer might rear his evil head! Keep a look out with our pocket guide to malevolent beings from across the world. Adam Węgłowski
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Possessed by Possession

Possessed by Possession
The Compelling Allure of Exorcism

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Ever since the 1970s, exorcism has been enjoying a renascence of sorts – from films to literature to the practice itself. In increasingly tumultuous times, has Satan found his powers once again? Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Temptation of the Desert

The Temptation of the Desert
The Monastic Lives of the Desert Fathers

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In the 3rd century AD, different Christian hermits, ascetics and monks began to inhabit the deserts of Egypt. They were often visited by demons, and in the case of Saint Anthony, endured supernatural temptation. Adam Aduszkiewicz
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A Royal Herb

A Royal Herb
The Mystic Allure of Basil

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Basil, with its aromatic scent and sweet taste, often finds its way onto our dinner plates. But this most regal of plants is also connected with good health, love and... death. Renata Lis

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The ‘100-Mile’ Rule

The ‘100-Mile’ Rule
The Benefits of Eating Local Food

Magazine / society
In our globalized world, the plethora of culinary choices is a wonderful thing… at least for those in the Global North. A switch to local food might benefit all of us. Monika Kucia
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Skin-To-Skin

Skin-To-Skin
Touch, Intimacy and Bathing in Japan

Magazine / society
The practice of bathing and the intimacy it entails is important in Japanese society, as evidenced by the culture of ‘sukinshippu’. Aleksandra Reszelska

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Children of the World, Unite!

Children of the World, Unite!
An Alternative History of the Crusades

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Children’s Crusade was a success. Adam Węgłowski
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What Can Greta Do?

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk

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Teenagers to the Rescue

Teenagers to the Rescue
A New Generation of Ecological Innovators

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Children are as inspired as ever these days, especially when it comes to environmental matters. We take a look at five remarkable green initiatives and inventions created by the youngest generation. Joanna Nikodemska