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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!

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A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind
Magazine / culture

The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland.

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / science
Primordial Broth
Primordial Broth
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With the help of a mysterious manual—and his vivid imagination—a biologist uses the metaphor of soup to explain how living cells are created.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / society
The Origins of Immortality
The Origins of Immortality
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The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggests a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Through Storm and Drought
Through Storm and Drought
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Edith and Frederic Clements were early pioneers in ecology and the holistic approach to nature – yet their work has not been fully appreciated until recently.

Paulina Wilk

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The Goddess of Yoga
The Goddess of Yoga
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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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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
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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 Wizard from the Land of Psychoanalysis
The Wizard from the Land of Psychoanalysis
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In his time, Bruno Bettelheim was a leading authority in child psychology, psychoanalysis and autism. Years later, it turned out that his story was far from a fairy tale...

Aleksandra Kozłowska

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The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
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Born in the early 19th century, Ada Lovelace defied the gender norms of her time by making significant contributions to the field of computing – and becoming the first computer programmer.

Piotr Żelazny

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Leo’s Last Roar
Leo’s Last Roar
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Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months?

Paulina Wilk

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Trembling Bodies
Trembling Bodies
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Alexander Lowen – the creator of bioenergetic analysis – developed a psychotherapeutic technique that placed equal focus on the importance of both mind and body.

Sylwia Niemczyk

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I Create Everything Anew
I Create Everything Anew
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The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality.

Małgorzata Czyńska

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Simple Answers Don’t Exist
Simple Answers Don’t Exist
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Popular science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the multitude of ways in which we can define life and death, and what this means for us.

Jan Dzierzgowski

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Trees Die Twice
Trees Die Twice
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Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process.

Szymon Drobniak

Reading / society
In Death There Is Also Life
In Death There Is Also Life
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Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief.

Paulina Małochleb

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An Artist of Many Faces
An Artist of Many Faces
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Nadia Léger – also known as Wanda Chodasiewicz – is barely remembered today. Yet the painter practised a great many styles, playing a significant role in Polish art history.

Zbigniew Libera

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On the Holy Lake
On the Holy Lake
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Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. What significance does it hold for the Indigenous people who live on the lake?

Maciej Wesołowski

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Dismantling Capitalism
Dismantling Capitalism
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John Seymour was a leading pioneer of self-sufficiency. His ideas can today be felt in the post-growth movement, as well as the WWOOF community.

Dominika Bok

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Always Against the Current
Always Against the Current
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Within his lifetime, Viktor Schauberger was often underappreciated. Yet today, the Austrian appears to have been a technological and ecological visionary.

Monika Waraxa

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The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
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From ancient history to the Middle Ages and beyond, the image of the tree of life has held great symbolism and significance for many cultures.

Anna Arno

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Hello, Christiansø?
Hello, Christiansø?
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Hans Ole Matthiesen talks about life on the Danish island Christiansø – a peaceful part of the Ertholmene archipelago in the Baltic Sea.

Ewa Pawlik

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Life-Giving Dust
Life-Giving Dust
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Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe.

Michał Brennek

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Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs
Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs
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The life cycle of stars is truly spectacular, often involving the creation of immense mass and the unimaginable movement of energy – at least from our earthly perspective.

Piotr Stankiewicz

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The Happiest Country in the World
The Happiest Country in the World
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In Bhutan, citizens’ happiness is the measure of the country’s development, rather than GDP. How does this work in practice?

Kazimierz Pytko

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The Peace Pilgrim
The Peace Pilgrim
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For almost three decades Mildred Norman – better known as Peace Pilgrim – walked continuously around the Americas. What spurred her spiritual awakening?

Ewa Pluta

Reading / society
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

Reading / society
The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”
The Man Behind Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan”
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The Czech herbalist Jan Mikolášek – hero of Agnieszka Holland’s latest film “Charlatan” – lived a fascinating life, healing Nazis, communists, and perhaps even kings.

Michał Zabłocki

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A Discreet Genius
A Discreet Genius
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The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness.

Paulina Wilk

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A Voice of Hope
A Voice of Hope
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Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, is a key figure in existential and humanistic psychotherapy. He was also a Holocaust survivor.

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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The Intentional Life
The Intentional Life
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Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions.

Maria Hawranek

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For a Child, Being Carefree Is Intrinsic to a Well-lived Life
For a Child, Being Carefree Is Intrinsic to a Well-lived Life
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Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?

Luara Ferracioli

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Bravo, Okinawa!
Bravo, Okinawa!
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The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success?

Aleksandra Reszelska

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The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
The Lost Memoirs of Alexander Selkirk
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In 1704, Alexander Selkirk found himself exiled on the island of Más a Tierra, next to South America. Our author channels Selkirk’s voice to recount his seafaring life.

Andrzej Kula

Magazine / science
Baby Earth, Infant Sun
Baby Earth, Infant Sun
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What analogies and metaphors might be useful in describing the processes of planets and stars in our solar system?

Łukasz Lamża

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Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
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The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

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I Was a Little Unruly
I Was a Little Unruly
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Kōji Kamoji was born in Japan, but shortly after graduating from art school he moved to Poland, where he has spent the rest of his life making paintings, drawings and installations.

Zbigniew Libera

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There Will Be Life
There Will Be Life
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Astrobiologist Janusz Pętkowski talks about whether extra-terrestrial life might exist on the planet Venus.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Reading / culture
Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic
Living a Simple Life Is Not Simplistic
Reading / culture

Ryan Nicodemus – part of the The Minimalists duo – talks about what minimalism means, how to stop craving new things, and the documentary “The Minimalists: Less Is Now”.

Dariusz Kuźma

Reading / society
Small Steps Towards a Better World
Small Steps Towards a Better World
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In Thessaloniki, life is difficult for both refugees and those seeking asylum. Yet there are plenty of local projects that inspire hope for these migrants in Greece.

Katarzyna Rodacka

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Bright Soul
Bright Soul
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The philosopher and spiritual teacher Peter Deunov – also known as Beinsa Douno – was loved by Einsten, Gandhi, and a great deal of his fellow Bulgarians.

Paulina Wilk

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Always Against the Grain
Always Against the Grain
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Xawery Dunikowski was the first in Poland to practise sculpture as an art; in fact, he remains one of Poland’s greatest sculptors.

Zbigniew Libera

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10 Great Films About the Afterlife
10 Great Films About the Afterlife
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What comes after death? From “Orphée” to “Beetlejuice”, these 10 films imagine the unknowable.

Leigh Singer

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All the Deaths of Elisabeth
All the Deaths of Elisabeth
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The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a pioneer in the study of dying and grief, paving the way for the hospice care movement.

Maria Hawranek

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The Trials of the Dead
The Trials of the Dead
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The ancient Egyptians – quite unlike any other civilization – placed a huge emphasis on death in their customs, rituals and beliefs.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / science
Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth
Scientists Identify 24 Planets Potentially Better Suited For Life Than Earth
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The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system.

Robby Berman

Reading / culture
Our Sisters’ Auntie
Our Sisters’ Auntie
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Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity.

Marta Panas-Goworska i Andrzej Goworski

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The Lady of Life and Death
The Lady of Life and Death
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To some, she was known as Magna Mater; to many others, she was known as Cybele. She is, of course, the Mother Goddess of the ancient world.

Anna Arno

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What Holds Us Here
What Holds Us Here
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Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist.

Mikołaj Golachowski

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Beauty and Utility
Beauty and Utility
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William Morris was a man of many talents – among which he revived traditional British textile arts and popularized socialist ideas in Victorian society.

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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A Painter in Turbulent Times
A Painter in Turbulent Times
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The Jewish painter Mela Muter was born to a socialite family in Warsaw and died alone in France. Along the way, she created a remarkable variety of art.

Zbigniew Libera

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Sister Florence Turns On the Light
Sister Florence Turns On the Light
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Florence Nightingale was the pre-eminent pioneer of nursing. Her biography is equally remarkable, as a professional woman in Victorian Britain.

Paulina Wilk

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