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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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Magazine / society
Daily Grace
Daily Grace
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Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland.

Jay Griffiths

Magazine / culture
Not Just the Mona Lisa
Not Just the Mona Lisa
Magazine / culture

The most famous smile in art belongs to Mona Lisa. Yet upturned lips have a much longer history in portraiture, indicating a wide range of emotions – mystery, bliss and even disgust.

Anna Arno

Magazine / science
Go Ahead and Play!
Go Ahead and Play!
Magazine / science

Early childhood is one of the most fundamental phases of cognitive and psychological development. In fact, play has a vital role in developing healthy social and emotional processes.

Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

Magazine / society
Hang in There
Hang in There
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In this 1979 report from the “Przekrój” archives, a series of journalists, clinicians and audience members muse on how to find joy in life.

Przekrój

Magazine / culture
Jump!
Jump!
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“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears,” the photographer Philippe Halsman recalled. At the end of the photo shoot, he would say with a smile on his face: “Jump!”

Philippe Halsman

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Say Yes to the World
Say Yes to the World
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In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Against Parenting
Against Parenting
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Psychologist Alison Gopnik talks about cultivating childhood, the importance of grandparents, and why reading books about parenting might not be such a good idea after all.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Magazine / society
How Joyful Are You?
How Joyful Are You?
Magazine / society

This 1987 personality quiz from our archives will help you to better understand and reflect on your ability to feel joy.

Przekrój

Magazine / science
The Joy of Learning (and Drumming)
The Joy of Learning (and Drumming)
Magazine / science

The physicist Richard Feynman was not only a stunning scientific talent. He also embodied those essential intellectual qualities: a curious approach to the world and a love for learning.

Aleksandra Kozłowska

Magazine / society
The Teacher of Joy
The Teacher of Joy
Magazine / society

Nachman of Breslov may have been an 18th-century Hasidic master, but his spiritual teachings—especially those on joy—are nonetheless relevant to all of our lives today.

Mikołaj Gliński

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