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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 Timeless Bond

A Timeless Bond
Intergenerational Encounters

Magazine / society
For those that enjoy a good relationship, the bond between grandparent and grandchild can change the way that they experience the passage of time. Wojciech Bonowicz

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Eternal Youth

Eternal Youth
How Non-Humans Age

Magazine / science
Some animals grow old, slowly deteriorating physically and mentally, whereas others can seemingly regenerate their bodies time and time again. Adam Zbyryt
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All in White

All in White
A Buddhist Goddess’s Wisdom

Magazine / culture
White Tara is a mother deity who represents love and compassion—and can grant believers health and longevity. Aleksandra Woźniak-Marchewka

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Lethal Legacies and Other Ingrate Cases

Lethal Legacies and Other Ingrate Cases
Stories of (Dis)Inheritance

Magazine / society
They say that the rich are less empathetic than the poor – for some billionaires and aristocrats, this even extends to disinheriting their own families. Andrzej Krajewski

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The Power of Moxa

The Power of Moxa
A Chinese Medicine Therapist Explains Moxibustion

Magazine / science
In parts of East Asia, dried mugwort leaves are burned by folk doctors to prevent the sorts of illnesses that can arise in the winter months. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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The Bloody Conquest

The Bloody Conquest
The Colonization of the Americas

Magazine / society
The colonization of the Americas is often described as a ‘discovery’ and a ‘great adventure’, words which mask the reality of the bloody genocide that took place there. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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A Curious Joker

A Curious Joker
The Childlike World of Bruno Munari

Magazine / culture
The Italian artist Bruno Munari has had an indelible impact on the imaginations of many, but especially those of children, whose curiosity and flexibility he encouraged throughout his work. Aleksandra Kędziorek

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Obrazek
Artwork / Illustrations
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski

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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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The Many Faces of Decency

The Many Faces of Decency
An Interview About Moral Norms

Magazine / society
Professor of Ethics Paweł Łuków talks about moral norms, what it means to be decent, and how we can relate this to our own behaviour and that of others. Paulina Wilk
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The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫

The Beating of the Horned Heart ♫

Media / Audio
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.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Evie Shockley’s “in this light”

Reading / literature
Evie Shockley’s poem “in this light” tackles three Impressionist paintings in a way that shows the poet’s incredible synesthetic imagination.
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Happiness at the Bottom of a Teacup

Happiness at the Bottom of a Teacup
A Japanese Approach to a Fulfilling Life

Magazine / society
Doing what you love doing is the path to a long and happy life, according to the Japanese philosophy of ‘ikigai’. But how exactly do we find our reason to get out of bed? Aleksandra Kaniewska

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Primordial Broth

Primordial Broth
The Origins of Cellular Life

Magazine / science
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
Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

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Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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What Comes After Growth?
Mind the climate

What Comes After Growth?
An Interview about Food Sovereignty and Cooperativism

Magazine / society
Wojciech Mejor – a leading figure in the Polish post-growth movement – talks about food sovereignty, food cooperativism and alternatives to capitalism. Katarzyna  Michalczak
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
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

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
healthy living

Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
A Most Delicate Massage

Magazine / society
The Butterfly Touch method developed by Eva Reich shows how less means more and how power lies in gentleness. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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The Wheels of Energy
healthy living

The Wheels of Energy
Understanding the Chakras

Magazine / culture
Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Tantra describe various focal points on the human body, which can be “worked” on to attain physical and psychological benefits. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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Sleep Well
healthy living

Sleep Well
Twelve Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

Magazine / society
Falling asleep at regular times and for regular periods is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. There are a number of ways to encourage it. Paulina Wilk
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Upside Down is Right Side Up
healthy living

Upside Down is Right Side Up
The Benefits of Yoga Inversions

Magazine / society
How turning the position of the body, quite literally, on its head is believed to increase circulation, improve energy levels, and strengthen muscles. Dominika Bok