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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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A Discreet Genius

A Discreet Genius
The Life of Ervin László

Magazine / society
The Hungarian Ervin László was originally a classical pianist, before later becoming a philosopher of science and advocate of quantum consciousness. Paulina Wilk

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If There Was No Tomorrow

If There Was No Tomorrow
The Woes of the Japanese Youth

Magazine / society
Faced with a stagnant economy and a demographic crisis, Japanese youth prefer not to think about the future. Instead, they live day-by-day. Paulina Wilk
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Vegetarian Paradise
healthy living

Vegetarian Paradise
The First Polish Vegetarian

Magazine / society
Konstanty Moes-Oskragiełło was the first Polish vegetarian. But he also held a number of radical – and controversial – views about health and society. Ewa Pluta
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Aloha, Kaʻiulani!

Aloha, Kaʻiulani!
The Tale of a Hawaiian Princess

Reading / society
Princess Kaʻiulani was born in 1875 on Hawaii. Over just 23 years, the young royal saw and struggled against the American annexation of her Pacific island home. Aleksandra Kozłowska

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Samba in a World of Silence

Samba in a World of Silence
How Deaf People Feel Music

Magazine / society
Sound can be felt in many ways. In Poland, deaf people can experience music through a number of community projects and technological innovations. Berenika Steinberg
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Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski

A Springtime Artist

Reading / culture
The art of Egon Schiele throbs with the unhealthy vitality of risqué eroticism, which, according to our author, makes him the perfect springtime artist.
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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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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
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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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Imagining a Future

Imagining a Future
An Interview with Annibale Siconolfi

Reading / culture
Annibale Siconolfi – the 3D artist known as Inward – talks about the inspirations behind his dystopian images, his life in Italy, and why NFTs have revolutionized the art world. Dariusz Kuźma

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The Fabulous Bryan Boys
sports

The Fabulous Bryan Boys
Tennis’s Champion Twins

Magazine / society
Mike and Bob Bryan don’t exist as single entities. They are the Bryan brothers – the twins who became the best tennis doubles team of all time. Andrzej Kula

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A Genocide of Neglect

A Genocide of Neglect
An Interview with Rebecca Makkai

Reading / culture
Rebbeca Makkai talks about why she set her novel “The Great Believers” in Chicago, who she wrote the book for (and against), and the injustices of the AIDS epidemic. Paulina Małochleb 
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23rd April 1564

23rd April 1564
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1564, the British playwright William Shakespeare was born… Or was he? And was it actually Shakespeare who authored the nearly 40 plays and 150 sonnets attributed to his name? Adam Węgłowski

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For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness

For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness

Media / Photo
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness” is a photography series by British photographer Julian Germain.
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The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
healthy living

The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
How Humans Sleep

Magazine / science
The architecture of sleep is surprisingly complex, consisting of various cycles made up of multiple phases. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / literature
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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What to Eat Instead of Meat

What to Eat Instead of Meat
A Vegan Guide to Autumn Cooking

Magazine / society
The autumn months are perfect for all sorts of meat-free stews and soups. Poland’s leading plant-based blogger describes how to cook them. Marta Dymek

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Awaken Your Inner Dolphin

Awaken Your Inner Dolphin
The Art of Free-Diving

Magazine / society
Free-diving has been practised since at least the Mesolithic Era. Today’s free-divers enjoy the peace and relaxation that holding one’s breath underwater brings. Nina Harbuz
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The Art of Translation with Jennifer Croft

The Art of Translation with Jennifer Croft
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Jennifer Croft speaks with Valdemar about dancing, her upcoming translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s “Books of Jacob”, and Wioletta Greg’s ability to make poetry out of everyday life. Ernest Valdemar

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A Return to Earth

A Return to Earth
Build Your Own Root Cellar

Magazine / society
If we really want to reconnect with nature, one way is to build a root cellar in our own backyard. Kinga Zemła
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On Tomatoes and Kombucha

On Tomatoes and Kombucha

Magazine / society
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to grow tomatoes using open source seeds and guerilla gardening, and the benefits of cultivating your own kombucha culture. Monika Kucia

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The Sloven
short story

The Sloven

Magazine / literature
Woe betide the train passengers if The Sloven strikes them. This sweaty, grimy demon always heralds disaster. Will it appear again today on the route to Gron? We present a chilling story, written by the father of Polish fantasy, Stefan Grabiński. Stefan Grabiński
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Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?
Kurzgesagt

Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

Media / Video
With the breathtaking explosion of innovation and progress, for the first time in human history the concept of leaving our flesh piles behind and uploading our minds into a digital utopia seems possible.
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A Puzzling Artwork (11)

A Puzzling Artwork (11)

Reading / culture
We present a quiz series involving a mysterious image connected to an artist. The featured work of this week’s artist is an early example of US land art. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Włodek
Goldkorn
Włodek Goldkorn

What Do We Need Memory For?

Reading / culture
In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past.
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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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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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An Archivist of Nature

An Archivist of Nature
The Photography of Anna Atkins

Magazine / culture
Anna Atkins was the author of the first photographic album in history, yet her achievement was largely unknown until the 1970s. Maciej Świetlik
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The Sorrows of Young Cornflower

The Sorrows of Young Cornflower
An Alternative Floral History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which one of the great literary talents was, in fact, an intensely blue flower. Adam Węgłowski

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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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Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!

Don’t Be Rubbish, Be a Pearl!
The Era of Fake News

Magazine / culture
We live in an era of disinformation; where ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have quickly established themselves in the common language. What can we do about this? Paulina Wilk

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Colourful Caterpillars

Colourful Caterpillars
How Maria Sibylla Merian Embraced Art and Science

Magazine / culture
In 1700, the German naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian travelled to Suriname, where she studied and illustrated tropical insects. Her pioneering work continues to inspire entomologists. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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Patria in Need

Patria in Need
An Unusual Hotel in the Mountains

Magazine / society
In the 1930s, the singer Jan Kiepura and architect Bohdan Pniewski started to create a hotel in the Krynica spa resort in the south of Poland. The result was a wonderful feat of architecture. Grzegorz Piątek

Opinion
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Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

The Toolbox

Read

Never Stop Trying

Miha
Mazzini
Read
Aldona

Kopkiewicz

Why the New Year Starts in Mid-Winter

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Miłosz Artefact
Mind the climate

Miłosz Artefact
On Czesław Miłosz and Solastalgia

Reading / society
Czesław Miłosz’s poem “And the City Stood in Its Brightness” deals with loss. It also allows us to reflect on solastalgia, or environmental grief. Anna Mitchell
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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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The Power of Narrative
Mind the climate

The Power of Narrative
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Magazine / society
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason talks about how to write about climate change, the intersection of death and nature, and Iceland’s sacred cow. Maria Hawranek
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Growth Is Killing Us
Mind the climate

Growth Is Killing Us
An Interview with Jason Hickel

Magazine / society
Economic anthropologist Jason Hickel talks about the pitfalls of growth, and how we can pursue an economic model that protects human wellbeing and the environment. Paulina Wilk

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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The Intentional Life
healthy living

The Intentional Life
How to Cultivate Intentions

Magazine / society
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions. Maria Hawranek
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On Spiritual Care
healthy living

On Spiritual Care
Where to Find Caring Figures

Magazine / society
In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them? Marcin Polak
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Always Eat Your Tubers
healthy living

Always Eat Your Tubers
Unloved Kitchen Gems

Magazine / society
Tubers often end up neglected in the back of the fridge. Yet carrots, celeriac and parsley root can be roasted or boiled to inspirational effect. Michał Korkosz
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Vegetarian Paradise
healthy living

Vegetarian Paradise
The First Polish Vegetarian

Magazine / society
Konstanty Moes-Oskragiełło was the first Polish vegetarian. But he also held a number of radical – and controversial – views about health and society. Ewa Pluta