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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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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg

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When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?

When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
An Interview with Anna Grąbczewska

Magazine / society
Anna Grąbczewska, President of the Children’s University Foundation in Poland, talks about the curiosity of children, why school doesn’t work for everyone, and how we can change teaching methods for the better. Aleksandra Pezda
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How Much Jesus Is There in Jesus?

How Much Jesus Is There in Jesus?
An Interview with Helen K. Bond

Magazine / society
Helen K. Bond talks about the historical Jesus, why he is a natural ally for children on climate strikes, and how early Christianity can be likened to a countercultural movement. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Thought Took Wing from the Body

Thought Took Wing from the Body
An Interview with Bartłomiej Dobroczyński

Magazine / society
Psychologist Bartłomiej Dobroczyński talks about the limits of thinking, how we might think less, and why thinking is analogous to sex. Katarzyna Sroczyńska
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Love Thy Neighbour? Madness!

Love Thy Neighbour? Madness!
An Interview with Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor

Magazine / society
The Lord of the Rings himself, none other than the Dark Lord Sauron, talks with Grzegorz Uzdański about the flaws of Jesus, his fondness for Christians with guns, and why he approves of the Polish Church. Grzegorz Uzdański

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The Extinction of Silence

The Extinction of Silence
An Interview with Gordon Hempton

Magazine / society
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton talks about the sound of melting snow, what it means to truly listen, and how silence continues to creep away from us. Maria Hawranek
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There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark

There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark
An Interview with Ilona Wiśniewska

Magazine / society
Reportage journalist Ilona Wiśniewska talks about living in the north of Norway, experiencing the northern lights, and preparing for the polar night. Jan Pelczar

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A Cure for a Lack of Reason

A Cure for a Lack of Reason
An Interview with Paul Bloom

Magazine / society
Paul Bloom talks about the importance of human reason, how we might make moral progress, and why we would all benefit from having less empathy. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Map of Violence Is Mutating

The Map of Violence Is Mutating
An Interview with Óscar Martínez

Reading / society
Óscar Martínez talks about criminal control of migration in Mexico, the realities of life in El Salvador, and why the subjects of reportage are its real heroes. Aleksandra Lipczak

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The Road to Freedom
sports

The Road to Freedom
An Interview with Michał Woroch

Magazine / society
Michał Woroch talks about his plans to trek the Himalayas in a wheelchair, his previous adventures in Mongolia and the Americas, and how he found the perfect madman partner for his travels. Wojtek Antonów
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The Lost Dream of the Future
Mind the climate

The Lost Dream of the Future
An Interview with Clive Hamilton

Magazine / society
Clive Hamilton talks about the importance of preparing for a harsher future, the role of big businesses in climate change denial, and why we must abandon the idea of endless progress. Agata Kasprolewicz

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The Short Life of Inanimate Objects

The Short Life of Inanimate Objects
An Interview with Adèle Chasson

Magazine / society
Adèle Chasson, project manager at the Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP) NGO, talks about the importance of empowering consumers, the recent legal proceedings against Epson and Apple, and why it might not be your fingernails that are responsible for laddered tights. Urszula Kaczorowska
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Sadness Is Not a Disease

Sadness Is Not a Disease
An Interview with Allan Horwitz

Reading / society
Allan Horwitz talks about the murky relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry, the history of diagnosis, and the problems with pathologizing regular human emotions. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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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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In Hope of a Garden

In Hope of a Garden
An Interview with Gilles Clément

Magazine / society
Gilles Clément talks about becoming a landscape designer, respecting and working with nature, and why the entire planet is one big garden. Zygmunt Borawski

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Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?

Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?
An Interview with Bruce Hood

Reading / society
Bruce Hood talks about our inclination towards the supernatural, the illusion of free will, and his collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Ways of Kriya Yoga

The Ways of Kriya Yoga
An Interview with Marshall Govindan

Magazine / society
Marshall Govindan talks about self-realization, Salvador Dali, and visiting an Arabian horse farm in communist Poland. Tomek Niewiadomski

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Sometimes It’s Wise to Be Unwise

Sometimes It’s Wise to Be Unwise
An Interview with Wiesław Łukaszewski

Magazine / society
Social psychologist Wiesław Łukaszewski talks about the follies of egoism, the empathy of animal lovers, and the pleasure in behaving unwisely. Katarzyna Sroczyńska
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Leaving Your Ego Behind

Leaving Your Ego Behind
An Interview with Michael Pollan

Magazine / society
Michael Pollan talks about the potential of psychedelics to improve mental health, break down barriers, and transform everyone’s lives. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Foraging for Forgotten Foods

Foraging for Forgotten Foods
An Interview with Jarosław Dumanowski

Magazine / society
Cultural historian Jarosław Dumanowski talks with Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux about maintaining nutritional knowledge and the importance of our culinary roots. Jarosław Dumanowski, Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux