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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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On the Carousel for 400 Years

On the Carousel for 400 Years
A History of the Theme Park in Europe

Magazine / society
The carousel – a staple of modern fun fairs – has a long history in Europe. In fact, we can trace its origin all the way back to the 17th-century Ottoman Empire. Adam Węgłowski

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You Weren’t Standing Here, Sir!

You Weren’t Standing Here, Sir!
Queues During COVID-19 and Communism

Reading / society
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought various changes to everyday life – for example, in our shopping practices. How do today’s supermarket queues compare to those under communism in Poland? Natalia Domagała
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The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song

The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
A Brief History of Global Diseases

Reading / society
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we keep hearing that we are living in the ‘new normal’. But how exactly have previous pandemics changed world history? Adam Węgłowski

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In Search of Clatter
healthy living

In Search of Clatter
The Joy of the Everyday

Magazine / society
Joy can feel like an elusive emotion. But what exactly is true joy? And is it really worth aspiring to? Agata Sikora
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Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
Mind the climate

Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading / society
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather, talks about pursuing an environmental way of life, the power of poetry, and how he engages in constructive conversation about climate. Julia Fiedorczuk

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How Joyful Are You?
archives

How Joyful Are You?
A Personality Quiz from the Archives

Magazine / society
This 1987 personality quiz from our archives will help you to better understand and reflect on your ability to feel joy. Przekrój 
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The Teacher of Joy

The Teacher of Joy
A Hasidic Way to Happiness

Magazine / society
Nachman of Breslov may have been an 18th-century Hasidic master, but his spiritual teachings – especially those on joy – are nonetheless relevant to all of our lives today. Mikołaj Gliński

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High on Our Own Supply
sports

High on Our Own Supply
The Body’s Natural Morphine

Magazine / society
Endorphins – or, to give them their full name, endogenous morphines – can give the human body a natural high during exercise. But how exactly do we access this secret stash of opioids? Piotr Żelazny
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The Theory and Practice of Play

The Theory and Practice of Play
An Innocent Discussion About Playing

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about an evergreen topic for many children: playing. Ewa Pawlik

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There Were no Witches, Only Women
cross-border reportage

There Were no Witches, Only Women
A European Witch Hunt

Reading / society
What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the second part include the descendants of those persecuted during the Basque trials. Ana Maria Luca
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A Splash of Pepper Vodka

A Splash of Pepper Vodka
A Polish Approach to Illness

Reading / society
In Poland, a number of folk remedies exist for treating common health ailments. Far from being useless, these remedies do have health properties and help people deal with the drag of being unwell. Paulina Olszanka

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A Life in Flow

A Life in Flow
An Interview with Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

Magazine / society
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi talks about how he became interested in the positive potential of the psyche, what it means to be ‘mad’, and the importance of flow for humanity. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Minsk’s Dirty Secret

Minsk’s Dirty Secret
Inside Europe’s Cleanest City

Reading / society
Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is ranked among the top three cleanest cities worldwide. On the surface, this is certainly true. But is this a good thing? And what happens when we peek underneath its shiny veneer? Hanna Liubakova

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Our Beautiful Minds

Our Beautiful Minds
An Interview with Michael A. Schwartz

Magazine / society
Psychiatrist Michael A. Schwartz talks about mental health peer support networks, experiments involving LSD and cats, and why it’s detrimental for society to celebrate behavioural conformity. Marcin Moskalewicz
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Great Little People

Great Little People
Five Fearless Children

Magazine / society
The youngest among us can be heroes too, as the stories of these five children who fought for justice and rights show. Agata Kasprolewicz

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Dreaming of Crystal Houses

Dreaming of Crystal Houses
The Great Victorian Exhibition Space

Magazine / society
In the mid-19th century, the British were planning a world fair to consolidate their empire’s reputation on the global stage. They needed a pavilion to house the exhibition in, and Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace did not disappoint. Zygmunt Borawski
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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Enthusiasm Goes by Many Names
sports

Enthusiasm Goes by Many Names
Why Choose to Lose?

Magazine / society
It seems clear why Olympic athletes are driven to compete in their sporting disciplines. But what about the perennial losers who persevere in the face of inevitable defeat? Andrzej Kula
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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
healthy living

Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Coping with COVID-19

Reading / society
Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient

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The Sorrows of Young Cornflower

The Sorrows of Young Cornflower
An Alternative Floral History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which one of the great literary talents was, in fact, an intensely blue flower. Adam Węgłowski