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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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What Can Greta Do?

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk
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The Transformation

The Transformation

Magazine / literature
Our writer imagines an episode from the life of the alchemist Michał Sędziwój, who, after attempting the transmutation of gold, starts to see the world differently... Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Laniakea

Laniakea

Media / Photo
Sławomir Pawszak’s photograms are genetically consistent with the direction of artistic experiments focused on “drawing”, or rather “painting” with light. In form, his works are the closest to Karol Hiller’s heliographic images, albeit more for the idea they follow rather than the technique as such.
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The Darkness He Called Night
deep soundings

The Darkness He Called Night

Reading / literature
“Virtue’s a kind / of despair, / masquerading as care.” A poem by a leading American ‘Language poet’. Charles Bernstein
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An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”
deep soundings

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Reading / literature
Charles Bernstein’s poem “The Darkness He Called Night” is typically playful and ironic, as it toys with the literal and metaphorical meanings of darkness, light and virtue. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Julia
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Julia Fiedorczuk

On Interbeing

Reading / feuilleton
Interconnectedness – the idea that everything is connected with everything else – is a pertinent example of how science can meet with poetry and spirituality.
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The Bikini in Cinema

The Bikini in Cinema
A Visual History

Reading / culture
On its 73rd birthday, we celebrate the bikini’s most iconic appearances in Polish and international film. Małgorzata Zacharska

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Kyotographie

Kyotographie
A Conversation About the Future of Photography

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about erotic woodcuts, garden photography and a new kind of spatial thinking at the recent Kyotographie photography festival in Japan. Ania Diduch i Wojtek Wieteska
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Night

Night

Reading / literature
A lonely man sits in his Minsk apartment, catching up on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. His girlfriend rings him from Nepal, just as a world-changing event begins in the sky above... An excerpt from a Belarusian novel set in the near future. Victor Martinovich

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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

The Girls with Pigtails

Reading / Commentary
On 14th June 2019, 13-year-old Inga Zasowska started her climate strike outside the Polish parliament. It’s children like Inga and Greta Thunberg who can bring us hope – if only we would listen to them.
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Rubedo

Rubedo

Media / Photo
The starting point of the visual essay “Rubedo”, produced in the form of a three-channelled animation, is Jakub Woynarowski’s curatorial project “Echoes” from 2014, as well as the accompanying performative lecture “Redrum”, prepared in collaboration with Kuba Mikurda.
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Could Have

Could Have

Reading / literature
A poem by a Polish Nobel Prize winner, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh. Wisława Szymborska

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Uncle Sam
short story

Uncle Sam

Reading / literature
Dougal has just arrived in Lagos to meet Chief Ernest, a Nigerian man who emailed the British schoolteacher about his late uncle’s inheritance. It seems like a 419, but who’s scamming who? Leye Adenle
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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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From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

Media / Photo
Photograph by the famous duo Marina Abramovic & Ulay
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Matthew
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The Practice of Heedlessness

Reading / Commentary
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the practice of developing a truly heedless mind.
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Comrade Batman

Comrade Batman
How HBO’s “Chernobyl” Ignores the Nuances of Soviet Language

Reading / culture
The latest miniseries from HBO beautifully captures Soviet aesthetics, but is lacking elsewhere. A Belarusian writer suggests that “Chernobyl” fails to portray the complex nuances of language in a society enslaved by totalitarianism. Victor Martinovich
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Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Media / Photo
Some years ago, I began refusing to eat meat entirely. My objection being based neither on ecological nor ethical grounds, I could only guess at what mechanism of a personal eschatology drove my alimentary choice. – Ksenia Yurkova
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A Trip To Świder

A Trip To Świder

Reading / literature
“Are you going to Świder? / Because I’m going to Świder.” A poem by a “Przekrój” favourite. Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński