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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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The Power of Literature

The Power of Literature
An Interview with Radka Denemarková

Reading / culture
Radka Denemarková talks about feminism, exclusion, and the role of women in her novels “A Contribution to the History of Joy” and “Kobold”. Anita Musioł

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A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds
Fiction

A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from Czech writer Radka Denemarková’s novel “A Contribution to the History of Joy”, we join a policeman as he investigates the scene of the death of a wealthy businessman in Prague. The facts suggest a suicide, but not all is as it seems... Radka Denemarková
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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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In Search of Hope
Mind the climate

In Search of Hope
Letter to a Young Climate Activist on the First Day of the New Decade

Magazine / society
Don’t stop being angry but also don’t lose sight of beauty. A letter to a young climate activist. Rebecca Solnit

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The Power of Decay

The Power of Decay
How to Compost

Magazine / science
Sooner or later, all organic matter will decompose. Luckily enough, from death and decay comes new life, in the form of compost – which can be made from our own bodies, too. Monika Kucia
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Judgment

Judgment
Or How to Avoid Harming Others and Ourselves

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West recommends what we can all do in order to live better lives. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)

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Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.

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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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An Archaeologist and a Citizen

An Archaeologist and a Citizen
An Interview with Leila Papoli-Yazdi

Reading / science
Iranian archaeologist and academic Leila Papoli-Yazdi talks about being a female archaeologist in Iran, the history of Polish refugees in Persia, and learning about taboo sexualities by excavating ruins. Aleksandra Lipczak
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A Beast of a Board Game

A Beast of a Board Game
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Reading / culture
If you’re self-isolating at home with your family or housemates during the pandemic, why not take on a truly co-operative and creative task: trying your hand at surviving on a deserted, dangerous island? Dariusz Kuźma

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Under the Cover of the Moon

Under the Cover of the Moon
The Life of Soil in Spring

Magazine / society
Our writer breathes in the fresh spring air at Aleksandra and Mieczysław Babalski’s organic farm in the north of Poland, as she discovers what happens when new life begins to blossom in the soil. Berenika Steinberg
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A Holiday Attraction

A Holiday Attraction
Zombification in Haiti

Magazine / science
In Haiti, belief in the black magic voodoo has led to cases of people apparently becoming zombies. In fact, during a holiday stay on the island state, one of our authors might have been victim to zombification himself... Adam Węgłowski

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The Most Beautiful Day of My Life

The Most Beautiful Day of My Life
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on the art of delivering a joke. Matthew Coachinger
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April in History

April in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of April. Adam Węgłowski

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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg
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The Forest of Unread Books

The Forest of Unread Books
A Future Library in Norway

Reading / culture
A short trip from downtown Oslo brings you to Frønsvollen hill, home of the Future Library Forest. Its creators hope that it will preserve books for our uncertain future. Klara Kowtun & Piotr Żelazny

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When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?

When Will I Learn to Fly, Mum?
An Interview with Anna Grąbczewska

Magazine / society
Anna Grąbczewska, President of the Children’s University Foundation in Poland, talks about the curiosity of children, why school doesn’t work for everyone, and how we can change teaching methods for the better. Aleksandra Pezda
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29th March 1857

29th March 1857
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1857, a young Indian soldier in an infantry regiment of the British East India Company decided to take a stand against his British masters. His actions kickstarted a major rebellion. Adam Węgłowski

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A Change in Perspective

A Change in Perspective
Krzysztof Penderecki’s Lusławice Garden

Reading / culture
The historic Lusławice Manor is the home of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his European Music Centre. It also houses a remarkable garden in its grounds. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
Opinion
Read
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part II)

Read

Without End

Zbigniew
Libera
Read
Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

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In Search of Hope
Mind the climate

In Search of Hope
Letter to a Young Climate Activist on the First Day of the New Decade

Magazine / society
Don’t stop being angry but also don’t lose sight of beauty. A letter to a young climate activist. Rebecca Solnit
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Lessons in Coexistence

Reading / feuilleton
We are panicking a bit. But we are also genuinely concerned about a situation where a huge amount will depend upon whether we want to work together.
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2020: A Smog Odyssey
Mind the climate

2020: A Smog Odyssey
A Foreigner’s Perspective on Polish Smog

Reading / society
Poland has the dirtiest air in the European Union; this problem is particularly prominent in Warsaw and Kraków. It is so bad, that even an American resident of the Polish capital has taken note… Jonathan L. Ramsey
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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

Media / Video
Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.

Audio

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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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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.

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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg
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Silence Is Within Us
healthy living

Silence Is Within Us
The Origins of “Desiderata”

Reading / society
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland? Renata Lis
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Like a Cow Chewing Grass
healthy living

Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Breaking Free From Rumination

Reading / society
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts? Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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The Happy Moments Trap
healthy living

The Happy Moments Trap
The Illusion of Retreats

Magazine / society
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives. Adam Aduszkiewicz