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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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Rubedo

Rubedo

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The starting point of the visual essay “Rubedo”, produced in the form of a three-channelled animation, is Jakub Woynarowski’s curatorial project “Echoes” from 2014, as well as the accompanying performative lecture “Redrum”, prepared in collaboration with Kuba Mikurda.
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From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

From the Series Tuesday - Saturday

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Photograph by the famous duo Marina Abramovic & Ulay
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Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits

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Some years ago, I began refusing to eat meat entirely. My objection being based neither on ecological nor ethical grounds, I could only guess at what mechanism of a personal eschatology drove my alimentary choice. – Ksenia Yurkova
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Sour Milk, Sweet Life

Sour Milk, Sweet Life
How to Make Your Own Yoghurt

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt. dr Ryan Bromley
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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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Mikado

Mikado

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The Mikado series is the latest stage of my long-standing artistic development as a photographer, and the next step in my analysis of the creative process. For the past fifteen years, the techniques of digital image processing became crucial for my art. When working on the Mikado project, I experimented with form, focusing solely on the creative process and its medium. – Igor Omulecki
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The Tale of the Plastic Bag
short story

The Tale of the Plastic Bag

Reading / literature
In the distant future, Plastic Bag meets Diamond on Henderson Island, a plastic-strewn landmass in the Pacific Ocean. A short story set in the Plasticozoic Era. Joanna Rudniańska

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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

Reading / society
The 2019 European Parliament election results reveal an electorate in ideological flux. What does this suggest about the EU today?
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

Reading / feuilleton
To look up at the marvellous, shape-shifting clouds costs nothing, but can make you feel incredibly rich.
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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A Spiritual Spritzer

A Spiritual Spritzer
How to Make Elderflower Cordial

Reading / society
Our gastronomy expert explores the folklore behind Sambucus nigra L. (also known as elderberry), and gives a recipe for homemade elderflower cordial. dr Ryan Bromley

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Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?

Am ‘I’ Really ‘Me’?
An Interview with Bruce Hood

Reading / society
Bruce Hood talks about our inclination towards the supernatural, the illusion of free will, and his collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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The Hunt
In translation

The Hunt
Stanisław Lem’s Unknown Story

Reading / literature
Racing across mountains and remote backwoods, a solitary figure is on the run from a team of heavily armed hunters. Will he manage to get away? Antonia Lloyd-Jones's translation of a previously unknown story by the great master of science fiction. Stanisław Lem

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Stanisław
Bereś

A Typescript Found in a Folder

Reading / literature
A previously unknown short story by science fiction author Stanisław Lem was recently discovered in his archives. A literary scholar discusses how “The Hunt” remained hidden for so long, and what the story might mean.
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)

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Food isn’t simply a gustatory experience. It can also evoke associations with people and places, taking us on an emotional trip down memory lane. Original publication by Monika Kucia. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)

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In Chechnya, the centuries-old Caucasian honour code is slowly being eroded by the bloody politics of Ramzan Kadyrov. Original publication by Wojciech Jagielski. Read by Richard Greenhill.
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)

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We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)

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From Gregorian chant to Buddhist mantras, a writer explores the therapeutic properties of singing. Original publication by Aleksandra Reszelska. Read by Nathaniel Espino.
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How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?

How Did We Discover Stanisław Lem’s Unpublished Short Story?
The Origins of “The Hunt”

Reading / literature
How did we find a previously unpublished short story of Stanisław Lem, one of the most celebrated Polish writers of all time?  Przekrój

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Immigrant Sea

Immigrant Sea

Reading / literature
“The way / he searches out her face, he searches out himself”. A poem by the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner. Forrest Gander
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Deep Soundings

Deep Soundings
An Introduction to Forrest Gander’s “Immigrant Sea”

Reading / literature
Forrest Gander’s poem “Immigrant Sea” describes a sensual and intellectual encounter, which ebbs and flows across the page, just like its protagonist’s recognition of himself. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Spring in Sport
sports

Spring in Sport
A Round-Up of Sporting News

Reading / society
Our correspondent’s summary of sport in spring 2019, from Senegalese wrestling to steroids in steak. Michał Szadkowski
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The Door
short story

The Door

Reading / literature
About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Magda Kiełbowicz

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Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold
short story

Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold

Reading / literature
In 1935, Henryk Ochorowicz found his soulmate in a small Warsaw bookstore. Unfortunately, she was Queen Marysieńka, a Polish monarch who had died over 200 years earlier. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Ten Feet Under

Ten Feet Under
The Gold Rush in Peru’s Amazon Basin

Reading / society
The Madre de Dios region has seen a relentless stream of illegal gold mining. This is taking its toll not only on the Amazonian rainforest, but also on the area’s inhabitants. Paulina Wilk

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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 Model Worker
short story

The Model Worker

Reading / literature
In the near future, work has become fully automated. Humans spend their days doing whatever they like, helped by robots. Nonetheless, for Wili, something is missing… A short story set in Warsaw. Artur Kornel

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As Stubborn as a Brain

As Stubborn as a Brain
The Fallibility of Human Reasoning

Reading / science
We take our memory, free will and rational thinking for granted, but perhaps this is simply just another cognitive bias of the human mind? Miłada Jędrysik
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Mao and the Sparrows

Mao and the Sparrows
A Communist State’s War Against Nature

Reading / society
In 1958, Mao Zedong ordered the killing of all sparrows. The resulting ecological imbalance exacerbated the Great Famine, creating a fatal chapter in China’s history. Agata Kasprolewicz

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The Science of the Non-Existing Self

The Science of the Non-Existing Self
How Meditation Entered the Academic Consciousness

Reading / society
50 years ago, the study of meditation was laughed at by mainstream Western psychologists. We recount how non-dual awareness has become a growing area of serious scientific study. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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High Culture in the Magic Mountains

High Culture in the Magic Mountains
The Art World’s Alpine Love Affair

Reading / culture
The lofty peaks of the Alps have long had elitist appeal. This might explain why Grażyna Kulczyk decided to open Muzeum Susch among their rarefied atmosphere. Stach Szabłowski

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Chirping, Whistling and Tootling

Chirping, Whistling and Tootling
The Joys of Recognizing Birdsong

Reading / culture
Identifying the songs of different birds can be tricky and time-consuming. It can also become a lifelong passion that soothes the mind and has a positive effect on mood. Olga Drenda
Opinion
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Ivan
Krastev

Madly, in All Directions

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For Free

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Stanisław
Bereś

A Typescript Found in a Folder

Group 2

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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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Five Spring Meditations
Healthy Living

Five Spring Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Prana, or the Subtle Life Force
healthy living

Prana, or the Subtle Life Force

Magazine / society
The Siddhas referred to the basic energy underlying all activities, both physical and mental, as ‘prana’, or subtle life force. Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?

Magazine / society
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.

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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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Spring in Sport
sports

Spring in Sport
A Round-Up of Sporting News

Reading / society
Our correspondent’s summary of sport in spring 2019, from Senegalese wrestling to steroids in steak. Michał Szadkowski
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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
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Sprinting Towards Infinity
sports

Sprinting Towards Infinity
Can We Predict the Limits of Human Speed?

Magazine / society
Usain Bolt is currently the fastest man on Earth, but can his 100m record be beaten? We explore the limits of human sprinting potential. Piotr Żelazny

Video

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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.
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Professor Filutek, part 36

Professor Filutek, part 36

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Wonderful vistas, unforgettable emotions...