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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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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski
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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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What Is Life? Is Death Real?
Kurzgesagt

What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Media / Video
So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.
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I’d Love to Go Out on the Town

I’d Love to Go Out on the Town
Pandemic Diaries

Reading / society
One of the great losses of the pandemic is the social life of the city. Without other people to illuminate our daily existence, everything has ground to a halt. Maciej Stroiński
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka

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Up and Down (and Up Again)

Up and Down (and Up Again)
A Stoic Approach to Progress

Reading / society
According to Stoicism, failure can be a source of strength and progress on the path to perfection. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of November. Adam Węgłowski
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The Most Important Refrigerator in the World

The Most Important Refrigerator in the World
Inside the Global Seed Vault

Magazine / society
The Global Seed Vault’s doors are closed for 350 days a year. And for good reasons too – it might just save humanity in the event of a mass disaster. Zygmunt Borawski

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I Create Everything Anew

I Create Everything Anew
The Life of Wassily Kandinsky

Magazine / culture
The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality. Małgorzata Czyńska
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Natural Order

Natural Order
The Regular Patterns of Nature

Magazine / science
From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities. Mikołaj Golachowski

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Make the Most of Your Coffee

Make the Most of Your Coffee
A Recipe for Facial Scrub

Magazine / society
Instead of throwing away used coffee grounds, follow this recipe for a zero waste, homemade facial scrub. Dominika Bok
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski

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Ghoti in the Machine

Ghoti in the Machine
The Replication Crisis in Science

Reading / science
Replicability is a cornerstone of scientific research, but is often lacking from studies. Our correspondent explores the replication crisis, with the help of a dead salmon. January Weiner
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Who Made Me Ill?!

Who Made Me Ill?!

Magazine / culture
Commissioner Maciejewski returns, this time for a criminal mystery involving the matter of an unexpected infection... Marcin Wroński

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Liquid Maturity
healthy living

Liquid Maturity
An Interview with Piotr K. Oleś

Magazine / society
Psychologist Piotr K. Oleś talks about how we mature, the difficulties with making life decisions, and whether our personalities can change in later life. Aleksandra Pezda
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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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A Short Film About Womanhood

A Short Film About Womanhood
An Interview with Mania Akbari

Magazine / culture
Iranian director Mania Akbari talks about living with illness, exile from her home country, and being a female artist in a world that is still marred by patriarchy. Artur Zaborski
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History Did Not End

History Did Not End
An Interview with Carlo Strenger

Magazine / society
Carlo Strenger talks about the failures of Obama, how humans are like chimpanzees, and why we should all panic. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

Reading / society
What can you learn, while learning to swim, that doesn’t have a whole lot to do with swimming?
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Too Close to Midnight

Too Close to Midnight
An Interview with Yael Bartana

Reading / culture
Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”. Mateusz Demski

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Laugh Boldly!

Laugh Boldly!
An Interview with Sebastian Gendry

Magazine / society
Sebastian Gendry, creator of the laughter wellness method, talks about the everyday benefits of laughing, as well as its more profound properties. Maria Hawranek
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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son
The Lesser Known Bach Boy

Magazine / culture
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach lived mostly in the shadow of his father, Johann Sebastian. Yet his music still stands the test of time. Marcin Masecki

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Our Sisters’ Auntie

Our Sisters’ Auntie
The Life of Alaiza Pashkevich

Reading / culture
Alaiza Pashkevich – also known as ‘Auntie’ – was the first female Belarusian poet. She was also a revolutionary who fought for her country’s language and cultural identity. Marta Panas-Goworska i Andrzej Goworski 
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In Your Prime

In Your Prime
Plants for Youth and Longevity

Magazine / society
According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life. Dominika Bok

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He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph

He Who Asks Doesn’t Photograph
A Conversation About the Legacy of Robert Frank

Reading / culture
Art historian Ania Diduch talks with photographer Wojtek Wieteska about out of focus photographs, deckchairs, and colliding with the world at “Unseen”, an exhibition of Robert Frank’s work at the renowned gallery, C/O Berlin. Ania Diduch & Wojtek Wieteska
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Lily Briscoe’s Painting

Lily Briscoe’s Painting
On a Fictional Work of Art

Reading / culture
A writer channels the spirit of Virginia Woolf to reflect on the significance of a painting from her novel “To the Lighthouse”, both for the character who painted it and for the author herself. Grzegorz Uzdański

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A Lair

A Lair

Media / Photo
In his new series, Tomasz Kawecki weaves an intimate narrative about the spirits and ghosts inhabiting his childhood home and the nearby forest.
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Delighted Man
Mind the climate

Delighted Man
The Metaphysics of Nature Conservation

Magazine / science
Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions. Michał Książek

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Foraging for Forgotten Foods

Foraging for Forgotten Foods
An Interview with Jarosław Dumanowski

Magazine / society
Cultural historian Jarosław Dumanowski talks with Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux about maintaining nutritional knowledge and the importance of our culinary roots. Jarosław Dumanowski, Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux  
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk

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The Most Famous Celts in the World

The Most Famous Celts in the World
The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

Magazine / culture
The French comic book series starring Asterix and Obelix is well-known across the world. What do these two Gallic villagers represent? Maciej Świetlik
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Voices
Poematic

Voices

Reading / literature
“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
Opinion
Read
Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Read

Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
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

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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren

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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healthy living

Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

Reading / society
Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok
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Garden Greens
healthy living

Garden Greens
Five Healthy Spring Leaves

Magazine / society
Spring is the perfect time to pick the leaves of nettle, starwort, dandelion, common yarrow and sheep’s sorrel. Jakub Bas
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Beehive Medicine

Beehive Medicine
The Benefits of Apitherapy

Magazine / society
Bees produce honey, wax, pollen and propolis, among others. Apitherapy shows us how to use these products to enrich our own health and wellbeing. Dominika Bok
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Breathe In, Gently
healthy living

Breathe In, Gently
The Problem with Excessive Breathing

Magazine / society
Excessive breathing can entail too little carbon dioxide in our body, which can lead to numerous health complications. This can be solved with diaphragmatic breathing. Jakub Bas