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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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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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Sometimes I Dream About the War

Sometimes I Dream About the War
An Interview with Artem Chekh

Reading / society
Artem Chekh, a Ukrainian writer and veteran of the war in Donbass, talks about his experiences at the front and how they changed his worldview from the bubble of Kyiv. Łukasz Saturczak

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School Is Great in the Afternoon

School Is Great in the Afternoon
An Innocent Discussion About Education

Magazine / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about every child’s favourite subject: school. Ewa Pawlik
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Against Parenting

Against Parenting
An Interview with Alison Gopnik

Magazine / society
Psychologist Alison Gopnik talks about cultivating childhood, the importance of grandparents, and why reading books about parenting might not be such a good idea after all. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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People Are to Blame

People Are to Blame
A 9-Year-Old on the Pandemic

Reading / society
9-year-old child Marianna talks about her two-week quarantine, teaching during the pandemic, and whose fault the virus is. Berenika Steinberg
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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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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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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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A Witch in Princess’s Robes

A Witch in Princess’s Robes
An Interview with Mona Chollet

Reading / society
French essayist and writer Mona Chollet talks about the history of witch hunts, how society is still patriarchal and oppressive, and why we need to convince women of their own value. Paulina Małochleb 
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The Anxiety Virus
healthy living

The Anxiety Virus
An Interview with Martyna Goryniak

Reading / society
Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient

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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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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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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