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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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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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The Invention of Evil

The Invention of Evil
A Brief History of Witches

Magazine / society
The European witch hunting mania was inspired by religious fervour, colonial ambitions, and prolonged periods of societal instability. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Reading / society
There is one thing I owe to the pandemic. The refreshing thought that the city is not indispensable. I bid farewell to the thought of it as an exclusive synonym for the future.
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Hello, Christiansø?

Hello, Christiansø?
Life on the Ertholmene Archipelago

Magazine / society
Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Ewa Pawlik
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The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority

Reading / society
The Karaites are Poland’s smallest ethnic minority. What do we know about their history? And what does their future hold? Agnieszka Rostkowska

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I Collect Signs of the End

I Collect Signs of the End
An Interview with Leszek Koczanowicz

Magazine / society
Philosopher and political scientist Leszek Koczanowicz talks about the different aspects of societal fear and anxiety, and how this is connected with Sherlock Holmes. Aleksandra Pezda
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka

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In Your Prime

In Your Prime
Plants for Youth and Longevity

Magazine / society
According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life. Dominika Bok
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The Wandering Sage

The Wandering Sage
The Path of a Tibetan Monk

Magazine / society
Lama Govind Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist monk whose spiritual practise is inspired by the 12th-century siddha Milarepa. Monika Waraxa

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Backwards
healthy living

Backwards
A New Direction in Walking

Magazine / society
Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease. Sylwia Niemczyk
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The Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water

The Permaculture Mantra of Clean Water
Get to Know the Four S’s

Magazine / society
Get to know the Four S’s! These guidelines allow anyone to understand how water flows across landscapes, from spring to river mouth. Łukasz Nowacki

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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
healthy living

A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
How to Make Pierogi with Mint

Magazine / society
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi). Łukasz Łuczaj
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Marcin
Polak
Marcin Polak

The Ideal Walk

Reading / society
A philosopher discusses different kinds of walking.
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The Peace Pilgrim

The Peace Pilgrim
The Life of Mildred Norman

Magazine / society
For almost three decades Mildred Norman – better known as Peace Pilgrim – walked continuously around the Americas. What spurred her spiritual awakening? Ewa Pluta
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Let It Flow!

Let It Flow!
How to Manage Water Use

Magazine / society
Managing our water use is one of the most important steps we can take in influencing the local microclimate and living ecologically. Łukasz Nowacki

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A Rubbish Island
Mind the climate

A Rubbish Island
The Problem of Microplastics

Magazine / society
Microplastics are almost imperceptible to the human eye. Yet their impact on the environment is shocking – as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Piotr Żelazny
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Communing with the Moment
healthy living

Communing with the Moment
How to Avoid Circular Thinking

Magazine / society
The art of enjoying moments can be difficult to practise. Yet, with a slower and more peaceful pace, we can all break free of circular thinking. Marcin Polak

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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

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Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this time on the joys of mystery text messages.
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The Smile of the Monk
healthy living

The Smile of the Monk
How Meditation Influences the Brain

Magazine / society
Meditation based on compassion has many short- and long-term benefits for the brain – as proved by the case of Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Marcin Kozłowski

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The Happiest Country in the World
healthy living

The Happiest Country in the World
Life in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Magazine / society
In Bhutan, citizens’ happiness is the measure of the country’s development, rather than GDP. How does this work in practice? Kazimierz  Pytko