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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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Heliography

Heliography

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In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre's new body of works, the photographer abandons oneof his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis ofCartier Bressons's concept of "decisive moment".
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Why After All This One and Not the Rest?

Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Wisława Szymborska’s Extraordinary Postcards

Reading / culture
Wisława Szymborska is mostly known across the world for her poetry. Yet the Nobel Prize winner had another talent up her sleeve - since the 1970s, she’d been making witty collages pasted to postcards. Adam Zdrodowski
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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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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part I)

Reading / feuilleton
To our detriment, silence is in short supply. In fact, noise can be harmful to both us humans and the environment we live in.
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Colours of Lost Time

Colours of Lost Time

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Bownik’s vision takes the intense, saturated hues of a bird’s plumage and has them disperse, turning them into a buzzing phantom of spectroscopic dimensions. These extinct creatures come back to life in the form of a mysterious spectrum that casts shade.
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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

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

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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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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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A Short Essay About Mystery

A Short Essay About Mystery
The Enduring Attraction of “Dekalog”

Reading / culture
In 1989, a then obscure Polish director called Krzysztof Kieślowski made a 10-part series for Polish television. Today, “Dekalog” is still ranked as one of the best non-English television productions by IMDB. Why might this be? Carmen Gray
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Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Reading / literature
A poem by Scottish poet Gordon Meade from his Zoospeak series, which attempts to give voice to animals living in captivity. Gordon Meade

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Truth and Fictions

Truth and Fictions
An Interview with Agnieszka Holland

Reading / culture
Agnieszka Holland talks about her new film “Mr. Jones”, and how we find ourselves at a timely moment for a story about a journalist uncovering brutal facts amid perfidious misdirection. Mateusz Demski
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Wojciech
Mann
Wojciech Mann

Meditations of a Lazybones

Reading / feuilleton
A lazybones presents his political manifesto for... laziness.
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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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A Cold

A Cold
On Lem, Philip K. Dick and the FBI

Reading / literature
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief. Wojciech Orliński

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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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The Internets

The Internets

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The internet, despite being widely available, as a virtual entity remains elusive. Its visualisation (what we know as the internet) is a collection of blue images, implicating digital modernity. Underneath those notions, however, hide addresses of companies that provide services and management of the internet.
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Poematic

glove

Reading / literature
“a woman in a red jacket / picked up a glove from the snow…” A poem by a contemporary Polish writer. Joanna Wajs
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always
Poematic

always

Reading / literature
“twenty-five years later, I spit blood into the tub...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet. Urszula Honek

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In Praise of Nudity

In Praise of Nudity
The Nudist Beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

Reading / society
Poland may be a Catholic country, but it has its fair share of nudists. You might find them at the infamous beach at Chałupy, or even further afield in Bulgaria, whose Black Sea resorts have long attracted regional naturists. Stasia Budzisz
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Jellyfish

Reading / feuilleton
An anecdote about rescuing washed-up jellyfish can teach us a broader lesson about how we might treat the environment we live in.
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You’re Never Smarter Than Your Audience

You’re Never Smarter Than Your Audience
An Interview with Frank Spotnitz

Reading / culture
Frank Spotnitz talks about the advent of Netflix, the golden age of television, and why he doesn’t like being called a ‘showrunner’. Dariusz Kuźma
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Matthew
Coachinger

The Art of Heedless Travel

Reading / feuilleton
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to take the most heedless holiday possible.
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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

Media / Photo
Fokas boldly strips his model-friends down in front of the lens; yet, their poses are far from sexualized. A physical and spatial tension unfolds, as playful and surreal corporeal formations engage in a choreographic interplay of attraction, seduction, detachment, and resistance. Flirting with autonomy and vulnerability, his subjects are often witnessed as being in distress.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)

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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. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)

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An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska. Read by Sean Palmer.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / culture
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

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“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. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Too Much Love (audio)
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Too Much Love (audio)

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A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw. Read by Daniel Sax.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit (audio)
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit (audio)

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The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Written by Konstanty Usenko. Read by Daniel Sax.
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The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)
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The Quest for Coloured Glass (audio)

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A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński. Read By Daniel Sax.
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Women Who Know (audio)
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Women Who Know (audio)

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The Kashubia region in northern Poland is home to the country’s last generation of witches. These women use their powers to cure and help people, as the grand-niece of one such witch finds out. Original text by Stasia Budzisz. Read by Daniel Sax.
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The Beating of the Horned Heart (audio)
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The Beating of the Horned Heart (audio)

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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. Read by Daniel Sax.
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Cycling Notebooks

Cycling Notebooks

Reading / literature
In 1939, the 26-year-old Pole Andrzej Bobkowski found himself stranded in France. He started to keep a diary of his everyday experiences as an outsider in an occupied country. We present a selection of entries covering a bicycle trip from southern France to Paris. Andrzej Bobkowski

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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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raw material
Poematic

raw material

Reading / literature
“I can’t teach you to tell polymer from mesoglea...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet. Anna Adamowicz

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Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

Reading / feuilleton
A young environmental activist outlines why climate is the pressing issue of his generation.

Group 2

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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

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. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

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Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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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
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

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Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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

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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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

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Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

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Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

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Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

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Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

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A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

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Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.