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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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Home Fermentation

Home Fermentation
Three Healthy Drinks

Magazine / society
Fermented products – such as kombucha and kefir – are good for our health. What’s more, they can easily be made at home. Monika Kucia

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Feeding the Soul
healthy living

Feeding the Soul
The Poilâne Bakery

Reading / society
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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A City in Ruins

A City in Ruins
The Aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising

Magazine / society
World War II may have been coming to an end in the summer of 1945, but its destruction was palpable all across Poland. An early issue of “Przekrój” reflected on this. Ewa Pawlik

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Maturity? A Tomato!

Maturity? A Tomato!
An Innocent Discussion About Maturity

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, a panel of Poland’s youngest (and finest) intelligentsia are asked about what it means to be mature. Ewa Pawlik
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Jakub
Biernat
Jakub Biernat

A Female Revolution

Reading / society
The recent protests in Belarus have been driven by women, throwing Alexander Lukashenko’s disdain for them into sharp contrast.
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The Spore You Know

The Spore You Know
Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Magazine / society
Autumn marks the beginning of mushroom-picking season, but for those lacking mycological knowledge, there’s an alternative: you can grow your own fungi at home. Marcin Kozłowski
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The Great Austrian Myth

The Great Austrian Myth
An Interview with Martin Pollack

Reading / society
Martin Pollack, the author of numerous books that deconstruct Austria’s dark history, talks about his family’s Nazi past, the German minority in Slovenia, and how history is repeating itself. Łukasz Saturczak

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7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People
big think

7 Common Traits of Self-transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi

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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. Adam Węgłowski

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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading
An Interview with Alice Lugen

Reading / society
The investigative journalist Alice Lugen talks about what might have happened in the Dyatlov Pass tragedy, when a group of young hikers died in mysterious circumstances in Russia’s northern Urals. Stasia Budzisz
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Connecting the Dots
healthy living

Connecting the Dots
The Chinese Meridian System

Magazine / society
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches of the meridian system – a series of pathways that connect the human body and mind, and through which ‘qi’ life energy flows. Monika Waraxa

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Fragile Women

Fragile Women
An Interview with Mathilda Gustavsson

Reading / society
Mathilda Gustavsson, author of “The Club”, talks about her journalistic work uncovering the Jean-Claude Arnault rape scandal at the heart of the Swedish Academy. Paulina Małochleb 
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Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing
big think

Not Having Children Is Another Choice We Should Be Discussing

Magazine / society
In America, one in five women choose not to be mothers. Contrary to appearances, the reason for this decision is rarely egoism. Derek Beres

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I Don’t Believe in Blind Idealism

I Don’t Believe in Blind Idealism
An Interview with Katarzyna Boni

Reading / society
Katarzyna Boni, author of the reportage “Auroville: The City Made of Dreams”, talks about the difficulties of establishing (and writing about) utopian societies. Stasia Budzisz
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Walking for Water

Walking for Water
The Source of Folk Legends

Magazine / society
According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away... Renata Lis

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Black Cattle

Black Cattle

Magazine / society
For ages, the Galloway livestock were part of the landscape of South West Scotland. But there are fewer and fewer old herds. A story about love for cows, beef and nature. Patrick Laurie
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Farmers of the Dreamtime

Farmers of the Dreamtime
Aboriginal Agriculture

Magazine / society
After colonizing Australia, white settlers rewrote the continent’s history. It is only now that their descendants are discovering the importance of Aboriginal agricultural practices. Maciej Świetlik

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Pessimism Is Irresponsible

Pessimism Is Irresponsible
An Interview with Anne Applebaum

Reading / society
Anne Applebaum talks with Aleksandra Lipczak about being a ‘Polish mother’, and her fascination with Poland, politics and history. Aleksandra Lipczak
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No Bread, No Circuses
sports

No Bread, No Circuses
The Olympics and Climate Change

Magazine / society
The pandemic has already delayed the 2020 Olympic Games. But sporting tournaments are already facing a larger issue: global warming. Andrzej Kula

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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

The Youth of the 40-Year-Old

Magazine / society
Reaching the age of 40 is a milestone for many, but what sort of milestone? Is it a step into carefree maturity? Or the last throes of youth?