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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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Connecting the Dots
healthy living

Connecting the Dots
The Chinese Meridian System

Magazine / society
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches of the meridian system – a series of pathways that connect the human body and mind, and through which ‘qi’ life energy flows. Monika Waraxa

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Fragile Women

Fragile Women
An Interview with Mathilda Gustavsson

Reading / society
Mathilda Gustavsson, author of “The Club”, talks about her journalistic work uncovering the Jean-Claude Arnault rape scandal at the heart of the Swedish Academy. Paulina Małochleb 
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What a Blast

What a Blast
On the Didgeridoo

Magazine / culture
A 1000-year-old musical instrument, created with the help of termites and played by using a seemingly impossible breathing loop. We present: the didgeridoo. Iza Smelczyńska
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Looking Through the Language Lens

Looking Through the Language Lens
An Interview with Ireneusz Kania

Magazine / culture
Polyglot Ireneusz Kania talks about teaching himself 20 languages, reading original Buddhist texts, and why he dislikes English. Łukasz Kaniewski, Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Un-Prison

The Un-Prison
Life Inside Uruguay’s Most Progressive Prison

Reading / society
Punta de Rieles is home to around 600 prisoners, 38 small businesses and a thriving inmate community. It also has some of South America’s lowest recidivism rates. Maria Hawranek
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The Reverie of Rambo

The Reverie of Rambo
On Surprise and Beauty

Magazine / culture
According to Heraclitus, gods live everywhere – even in those things we find repugnant. We might find some surprising insight in the worldview of John Rambo, too. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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A Marriage of Glaciers

A Marriage of Glaciers
Water Conservation in the Mountains

Reading / science
In the high-altitude region of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan, local villagers have devised a novel solution to water scarcity – grafting their own glaciers. Klaudia Khan
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Obrazek
Marek Raczkowski
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

Yoga for the Voice
Why Singing Is Good for the Mind

Magazine / society
From Gregorian chant to Buddhist mantras, a writer explores the therapeutic properties of singing. Aleksandra Reszelska

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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Are You Reading, Mr President?

Reading / society
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country.
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A Toast to Tradition

A Toast to Tradition
The Joys of a Polish Wedding

Reading / society
The Polish wedding reception (or ‘wesele’) is a thing of legend that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It’s also an evening of joy, full of the warmest Polish traditions. Richard Greenhill

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A Splash of Pepper Vodka

A Splash of Pepper Vodka
A Polish Approach to Illness

Reading / society
In Poland, a number of folk remedies exist for treating common health ailments. Far from being useless, these remedies do have health properties and help people deal with the drag of being unwell. Paulina Olszanka
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20th September 1519

20th September 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail for the Maluku Islands under the banner of Spain. Yet his attempt to circumnavigate the globe was seemingly doomed from the start... Adam Węgłowski

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ENJOY house

ENJOY house

Media / Photo
This series by New York artist Shelli Weiler presents forms of escapist amusement as hostile and uninhabitable environments. Subjects and spaces are produced in the pursuit of ideals, where sites for entertainment are fashioned by their shortcomings. Through the negation of colour, this series focuses on how the construction of fantasy inevitably entails its own failure.
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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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Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Energy Travels Vertically ♫

Media / Audio
In the summer of 1920, a young Indian swami boarded a ship from Bombay to Boston. The yogi’s spiritual teachings went on to change the lives of millions. Original text by Paulina Wilk. Read by Konstancja Dangel. Translated by Mark Ordon.
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A Puzzling Artwork (1)

A Puzzling Artwork (1)

Reading / culture
We present a new quiz series, involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The works of the artist in question often depict hidden symbols, intended to influence the viewer’s psyche... Tomasz Wichrowski

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Hurricane-Proof Homes

Hurricane-Proof Homes
Preparing for Extreme Weather

Magazine / society
America’s coastal cities are already threatened by hurricanes, and global warming will only make this worse. How can architects adapt to this reality? Zygmunt Borawski
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Teenage Heroes

Teenage Heroes
Three Remarkable Children

Magazine / society
Today’s youth are often maligned by the older generations, yet many of them have the drive and ability to fearlessly change the world. Maria Hawranek

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Confession
Poematic

Confession

Reading / literature
“They shriek and compete / for who has the most sins.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska
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A Time Bomb Explodes
Non-Fiction

A Time Bomb Explodes

Reading / literature
In this extract from Mariusz Szczygieł’s “Not There”, the author visits The Dead People’s Shop in Budapest, Hungary, where he considers making a purchase. Mariusz Szczygieł

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The Neighbourly Kindness of the Soul

The Neighbourly Kindness of the Soul

Reading / society
An excerpt from Paramahansa Yogananda’s commentary on the Bible. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Escape to the Apocalypse

Escape to the Apocalypse
Our Obsession with the End Times

Reading / society
Abrahamic eschatology teaches us that the end of the world is coming. Maybe that’s why we’re so captivated by catastrophe in the West. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion Effect
When Art Comes to Life

Magazine / culture
According to the ancient myth, the king and sculptor Pygmalion fell in love with an ivory statue of his own creation. What do such legends tell us about the human psyche? Anna Arno
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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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The Short Life of Inanimate Objects

The Short Life of Inanimate Objects
An Interview with Adèle Chasson

Magazine / society
Adèle Chasson, project manager at the Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP) NGO, talks about the importance of empowering consumers, the recent legal proceedings against Epson and Apple, and why it might not be your fingernails that are responsible for laddered tights. Urszula Kaczorowska
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This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
healthy living

This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread

Magazine / society
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder. Scotty Hendricks

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Swimming Is Like Zen
healthy living

Swimming Is Like Zen
An Interview with Piotr Kieżun

Reading / culture
Swimming enthusiast Piotr Kieżun talks about the origin of swimming, changes in swimwear across the ages, and various swimmer writers and intellectuals. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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An End That Marks a Beginning

An End That Marks a Beginning
The History of the Ouroboros

Magazine / culture
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures. Paweł Janiszewski

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A Drinking Deer

A Drinking Deer
The Water of Life

Magazine / society
From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from? Monika Kucia
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Buy “Przekrój”, Sir

Buy “Przekrój”, Sir
Our Magazine in the 1990s

Magazine / society
In the early 1990s, Poland was undergoing a political and economic transformation away from communism. Naturally, “Przekrój” had to adapt to the times, too. Ewa Pawlik

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Touch the Earth Lightly

Touch the Earth Lightly
An Innovative Aboriginal Home

Magazine / society
In the village of Yirrkala, on the Gulf of Carpentaria, stands a striking house. Designed by the architect Glenn Murcutt it pays homage to the cultural heritage of its Aboriginal inhabitant. Zygmunt Borawski
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The Ancient World in Sport
sports

The Ancient World in Sport
A Round-Up of Ancient Sporting News

Magazine / society
Our correspondent’s sporting highlights from the ancient Olympic Games, including the greatest Olympian of all time, corruption and illegal gambling, and a healthy dose of bulls’ testicles. Michał Szadkowski

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The Republic of Friendship

The Republic of Friendship
Closeness on the Margins

Magazine / Review
In her latest book “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World”, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak tells the story of Tequila Leila – seemingly a nobody, but with a group of five misfit friends who seem to transcend life itself. Paulina Wilk
Opinion
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

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We’re No Longer There

Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk
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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

My Visor

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski

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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Our bodies are chronically in "threat mode"
big think

Our bodies are chronically in "threat mode"
But being kind recalibrates our nervous system

Magazine / science
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty. Jaimee Bell

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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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The Lost Art of Rest
healthy living

The Lost Art of Rest
How to Relax

Magazine / society
Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest? Paulina Wilk
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Concentration: Making Life Sacred
healthy living

Concentration: Making Life Sacred

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)