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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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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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Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Reading / literature
A poem by Scottish poet Gordon Meade from his Zoospeak series, which attempts to give voice to animals living in captivity. Gordon Meade

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Wojciech
Mann
Wojciech Mann

Meditations of a Lazybones

Reading / feuilleton
A lazybones presents his political manifesto for... laziness.
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A Cold

A Cold
On Lem, Philip K. Dick and the FBI

Reading / literature
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief. Wojciech Orliński
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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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Voices
Poematic

Voices

Reading / literature
“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska
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The Internets

The Internets

Media / Photo
The internet, despite being widely available, as a virtual entity remains elusive. Its visualisation (what we know as the internet) is a collection of blue images, implicating digital modernity. Underneath those notions, however, hide addresses of companies that provide services and management of the internet.
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Poematic

glove

Reading / literature
“a woman in a red jacket / picked up a glove from the snow…” A poem by a contemporary Polish writer. Joanna Wajs
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always
Poematic

always

Reading / literature
“twenty-five years later, I spit blood into the tub...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet. Urszula Honek

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In Praise of Nudity

In Praise of Nudity
The Nudist Beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

Reading / society
Poland may be a Catholic country, but it has its fair share of nudists. You might find them at the infamous beach at Chałupy, or even further afield in Bulgaria, whose Black Sea resorts have long attracted regional naturists. Stasia Budzisz
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Jellyfish

Reading / feuilleton
An anecdote about rescuing washed-up jellyfish can teach us a broader lesson about how we might treat the environment we live in.
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Matthew
Coachinger

The Art of Heedless Travel

Reading / Commentary
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to take the most heedless holiday possible.
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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

Media / Photo
Fokas boldly strips his model-friends down in front of the lens; yet, their poses are far from sexualized. A physical and spatial tension unfolds, as playful and surreal corporeal formations engage in a choreographic interplay of attraction, seduction, detachment, and resistance. Flirting with autonomy and vulnerability, his subjects are often witnessed as being in distress.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska. Read by Sean Palmer.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / culture
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska
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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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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda. Read by Konstancja Dangel.