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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!

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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
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A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis.

Jaimee Bell

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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
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It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.

Robby Berman

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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
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What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic?

Dariusz Kuźma

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The Birds and the Bees
The Birds and the Bees
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Orgies, love triangles, necrophilia – nature’s amorous repertoire is just a debauched as that of humans, and in some cases even more so.

Mikołaj Golachowski

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The Voice of The Heart
The Voice of The Heart
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The heart does more than just pump blood – this remarkable organ also affects our thinking, feelings, perception and identity.

Łukasz Kaniewski

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Personal Identification Number
Personal Identification Number
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Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on appreciating what we already have.

Matthew Coachinger

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Nobody Home
Nobody Home
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In her latest book “The Next Great Migration”, American science journalist Sonia Shah presents an evidenced picture of how migration has always been with us – for the better.

Paulina Wilk

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Humans Need Nature to Blossom
Humans Need Nature to Blossom
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Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing.

Anna Tatarska

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Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II
Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II
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Joanna Ostrowska, author of a book about gay people during World War II, talks about why it is crucial to honour the memory of LGBT people in Poland.

Paulina Małochleb

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Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
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A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day.

Dariusz Kuźma

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Embodying Kinshasa
Embodying Kinshasa
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On the streets of Kinshasa – the third biggest city on the African continent – artists are raising awareness among citizens about the challenges the Congolese capital city is facing.

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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. Should we be worried?

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Shine Heroes
Shine Heroes
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There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them.

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Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard
Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard
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Irmina Walczak’s series was created during the 95 days that her family was confined in the Spanish countryside, the place where the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic took them by surprise.

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 Butterflies
Butterflies
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In “Butterflies”, Silvia Pogoda guides viewers through the different stages of experiencing and perceiving the life cycle: youth, maturity and old age.

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What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry and pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.

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The Bay
The Bay
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The point of departure for Sława Harasymowicz’s exhibition is a tragedy that took place in the closing days of World War II, in Neustadt Bay, near Lübeck. Prisoners evacuated from the Neuengamme concentration camp lost their lives in the bombardment of three German ships by the RAF; among those who perished was the artist’s great-uncle, Marian Górkiewicz. The artist undertook years of research to learn the circumstances behind her relative’s death.

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My Name Is Fear
My Name Is Fear
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I was seven years old when I got scared for the first time. I was getting back from school when my friend told me: “Did you know that if you reveal your hair out of your scarf, God will punish you by hanging you from it?”

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Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
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Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.

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The enigma of the four elements
The enigma of the four elements
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Cristina García Rodero, The enigma of the four elements, 1997

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