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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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Okroshka and Dacha

Okroshka and Dacha
Two Highlights of the Russian Summer

Reading / society
The Russian summer is characterized by dacha summer houses and cold okroshka soup. What is the origin of these two cultural phenomena? Aleksei Morozov
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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski

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We Are the Future!

We Are the Future!
The Russian Futurists

Magazine / culture
Russian Futurism developed alongside Italian Futurism, yet the two art movements ultimately took different directions. Maciej Świetlik
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk
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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

Magazine / society
The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek

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The Origins of Immortality

The Origins of Immortality
Prehistoric Beliefs in the Afterlife

Magazine / society
The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggest a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

Magazine / society
The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik

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Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River

The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River
The Colour Yellow in China

Magazine / society
Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture. Aleksandra Woźniak

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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
healthy living

Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
An Interview with an Ayurvedic Therapist

Magazine / society
Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India. Maria Hawranek
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Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing

Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
The Role of Celtic Druids

Magazine / society
The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Natural Order

Natural Order
The Regular Patterns of Nature

Magazine / science
From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities. Mikołaj Golachowski
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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska

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The Goddess of Yoga
sports

The Goddess of Yoga
The Life of Indra Devi

Magazine / society
The life of Eugenie Peterson led her from Riga to Bombay and eventually Los Angeles, where – as Indra Devi – she became Hollywood’s first yogi. Piotr Żelazny
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All the Queen’s Agents

All the Queen’s Agents
Britain’s Global Influence

Magazine / society
British soft power – as expressed through the likes of James Bond and the Queen – has led to the United Kingdom’s language and culture conquering the world. Piotr Żelazny

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The Body as a Whole
healthy living

The Body as a Whole
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Magazine / society
Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to preventing disease and treating the body. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Animal Persons

Animal Persons
An Interview with Marta Bogdańska

Reading / society
Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies. Berenika Steinberg

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Brackish Tears

Brackish Tears

Media / Photo
In his work, Santanu Dey deals with the topic of the Marichjhapi massacre. In an effort to trace the entire structure of violence related to migration and displacement, the artist goes back to the “Mahabharata”, an ancient Hindu epic.