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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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The Celestial Stone
The Celestial Stone
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The rock with a deep blue hue has been valued since antiquity for its beautiful color, making it both a luxury product and a symbol of the gods.

Tomasz Wichrowski

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The Chemistry of Blue
The Chemistry of Blue
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It may feel like a ubiquitous presence in the sky and sea, yet the cerulean shade is surprisingly rare—and difficult to produce—among living organisms.

Szymon Drobniak

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Crimson Ink
Crimson Ink
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Artists understand the primordial essence of being human, as well as the power and symbolism of the red fluid that runs through our veins.

Stach Szabłowski

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How to Escape From the Sun
How to Escape From the Sun
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The solar system’s largest star emits photons, ions, electrons, and neutrinos, all of which will eventually traverse space—and perhaps even reach Earth.

Łukasz Kaniewski

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A White Polar Summer
A White Polar Summer
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Depending on the time of year, in the North and South Poles our largest star either shines twenty-four hours a day or not at all. This has an impact on local flora and fauna—and the global environment.

Mikołaj Golachowski

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Culture in Crisis
Culture in Crisis
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In times of crisis, painters and writers have channelled anxious expression through their art. What might this reveal about our present state of precarity?

Enis Yucekoralp

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Animal Persons
Animal Persons
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Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Berenika Steinberg

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The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow
The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow
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The colour yellow glimmers in the art of Giotto and Van Gogh, among others. Yet there is a more sinister story behind the pigment the painters used.

Szymon Drobniak

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Cosmic Transmissions (Spring, 2022)
Cosmic Transmissions (Spring, 2022)
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Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded.

Łukasz Kaniewski

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Crazy, Real, Supernatural!
Crazy, Real, Supernatural!
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In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful.

Agnieszka Taborska

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Japanese Crossword
Japanese Crossword
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Which photographs deserve to be presented to the outside world and which should be left out? Is a positive always more important than a negative?

Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska

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Flowers and Enlightenment
Flowers and Enlightenment
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The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena. Nowadays they are omnipresent and delight even relatively insensitive humans. So what can we learn from flowers?

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The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫
The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫
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On the centenary of Poland’s independence, we take a closer look at the odd relationship Poles have with freedom. Here, we observe the artist Stanisław Szukalski as he goes searching for traces of ancient Poles on Easter Island.

Mikołaj Gliński

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The Door ♫
The Door ♫
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About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Original publication by Magda Kiełbowicz.

Magda Kiełbowicz

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The Studio Was Her Entire World. The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu ♫
The Studio Was Her Entire World. The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu ♫
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Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the last Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties.

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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid ♫
A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid ♫
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In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug. Original text written by Aleksander Kaczorowski. 

Aleksander Kaczorowski

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