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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Society

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Wild Beauties

Wild Beauties
How to Properly Protect Bears

Magazine / science
Members of the Ursidae family can approach humans visiting national parks. The matter of how to maintain natural balance—and distance—is complex. Anna Maziuk
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The Spirit of the Rainforest

The Spirit of the Rainforest
A Unique Ursine Subspecies

Magazine / science
The Kermode bear lives in a temperate rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and is a litmus test for the future of the entire ecosystem. Kamila Kielar

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Splendor and Magic

Splendor and Magic
The Allure of Rock Crystal

Magazine / culture
From glass balls to ancient skulls, the transparent variety of the mineral quartz was for centuries believed to be imbued with mystical powers. Tomasz Wichrowski
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A Timeless Bond

A Timeless Bond
Intergenerational Encounters

Magazine / society
For those that enjoy a good relationship, the bond between grandparent and grandchild can change the way that they experience the passage of time. Wojciech Bonowicz
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Eternal Youth

Eternal Youth
How Non-Humans Age

Magazine / science
Some animals grow old, slowly deteriorating physically and mentally, whereas others can seemingly regenerate their bodies time and time again. Adam Zbyryt

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All in White

All in White
A Buddhist Goddess’s Wisdom

Magazine / culture
White Tara is a mother deity who represents love and compassion—and can grant believers health and longevity. Aleksandra Woźniak-Marchewka
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Full of Light

Full of Light
An Elusive Color

Magazine / science
White is a reflection of all the colors of the rainbow. This is probably why it is so difficult to find it in a perfect, unblemished form. Szymon Drobniak

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The Cake

The Cake

Reading / culture
Some unsolved mysteries—especially those made from flour, sugar, butter, and eggs—can end up being remarkably delicious. Matthew Coachinger
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Well-Asked Questions

Well-Asked Questions
A Novel Approach to Economics

Magazine / society
Nobel Prize laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banarjee suggest that in order to address pressing world issues such as poverty, scholars must steer clear of generalization. Paulina Wilk

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Chess

Chess

Reading / culture
On the existential despair of a supercomputer, which is forced to play tournaments again and again—and never lose. Matthew Coachinger
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Alleyways of Trust

Alleyways of Trust
The Aleppo of Old

Magazine / society
The Syrian capital—built as a social network of streets and souks—was torn apart by the civil war. Yet slowly, the city is opening up once again. Paulina Wilk

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2022: The Year in Review

2022: The Year in Review

Magazine / society
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Germany addressing its colonial legacy, a sand battery in Finland—2022 was full of shocks and surprises. Przekrój 
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Shake It Off

Shake It Off
How Tremoring Helps with Stress

Magazine / society
Krzysztof Karauda—a trainee Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) trainer—explains how the body uses movement to release tension after stressful experiences. Maria Hawranek

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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Professor Filutek, part 1

Professor Filutek, part 1

Media / Video
Professor Filutek’s Christmas.
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Where Trees Devour Houses

Where Trees Devour Houses
The Winds of Change in Kolkata

Magazine / society
The capital of West Bengal is a young city that appears unable to escape the memory of a more prosperous past. Yet slowly but surely, Kolkata is changing. Paulina Wilk

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"Przekrój". Who are we?

"Przekrój". Who are we?

Media / Video
Przekrój is the oldest Polish magazine about culture and society—operating since 1945 and valued by millions of readers. At its height, weekly circulation reached 700,000 copies.
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The Fifth Sense

The Fifth Sense
On the Primacy of Touch

Magazine / society
In Western culture, touch is often relegated to the lowest tier—in spite of the important role it plays in all areas of human life and existence. Maciej Topolski

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Those Who Dispel the Darkness

Those Who Dispel the Darkness
The Gurus of India

Magazine / society
The Hindu spiritual teachers of the subcontinent play an important role in everyday life, acting as exemplary guides. Yet they are not without their controversies. Maciej Wesołowski