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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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Work With Your Green Fingers

Work With Your Green Fingers
A Return to the Life of Soil

Magazine / society
Our writer is back at Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland, where Farmer Mietek explains to her the best work ethic. Berenika Steinberg

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Monks on Ice
healthy living

Monks on Ice
The Miracle of Yogic Heat

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist breathing technique ‘tummo’ creates inner heat. The practice of similar techniques might have helped the likes of Wim Hof to achieve the seemingly impossible in extreme cold. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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On Tomatoes and Kombucha

On Tomatoes and Kombucha

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to grow tomatoes using open source seeds and guerilla gardening, and the benefits of cultivating your own kombucha culture. Monika Kucia

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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

A Secret Offer

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to succeed in the supermarket queue.
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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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Crystal Fortune-Telling

Crystal Fortune-Telling
The Mystical Allure of Quartz

Magazine / society
The mineral commonly known as mountain crystal (or quartz) has captured the imagination for thousands of years. Why is this gemstone rumoured to be imbued with divine power? Paweł Janiszewski
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On Acceptance
healthy living

On Acceptance
Clichés vs. Viscosity

Magazine / society
The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all. Piotr Stankiewicz

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A Revolutionary Condiment
A seasonal dish

A Revolutionary Condiment
How to Make Your Own Lacto-Fermented Chili Sauce

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert outlines the virtues of spicy peppers, and gives a recipe for fermented chili sauce. dr Ryan Bromley
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A Toast to Tradition

A Toast to Tradition
The Joys of a Polish Wedding

Reading / society
The Polish wedding reception (or ‘wesele’) is a thing of legend that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It’s also an evening of joy, full of the warmest Polish traditions. Richard Greenhill

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Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

Magazine / society
Architect and food visionary Carolyn Steel talks about a culinary approach to a good life, the future of farming, and the importance of sharing food and meals. Paulina Wilk
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A Canadian in Bratislava

A Canadian in Bratislava
A Conversation with Ben Pascoe

Reading / society
Ben Pascoe, the Canadian founder of ‘Next Apache’, a cult café and second-hand book store in Bratislava, talks to Łukasz Grzesiczak about why he loves living in Slovakia. Łukasz Grzesiczak

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Say Yes to the World

Say Yes to the World
On Nietzsche and Affirmation

Magazine / society
In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs

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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Thoughts on the End of Humanity

Thoughts on the End of Humanity
Towards a Sustainable Culinary Future

Magazine / society
In the face of ecological disaster, some people are taking a stand against destructive food practices. Local ingredients, zero waste and edible plates are just a handful of the ideas they are implementing. Monika Kucia

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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

My Visor

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the joyous benefits of wearing a visor during the pandemic.
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This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
healthy living

This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread

Magazine / society
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder. Scotty Hendricks

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Keynes was wrong. Gen Z will have it worse.

Keynes was wrong. Gen Z will have it worse.

Magazine / society
Instead of never-ending progress, today’s kids face a world on the edge of collapse. What next? Malcolm Harris
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My Semester With the Snowflakes

My Semester With the Snowflakes

Magazine / society
At 52, I was accepted to Yale as a freshman. The students I met there surprised me. James Hatch

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Hang in There
archives

Hang in There
How to Keep the Joy of Life

Magazine / society
In this 1979 report from the “Przekrój” archives, a series of journalists, clinicians and audience members muse on how to find joy in life. Przekrój