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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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Professor Tamura’s Springtails
short story

Professor Tamura’s Springtails

Reading / literature
When Professor Tamura moved to Warsaw with his wife, he wanted only one thing: to study the local springtails. A fictional crime story with a zoological twist. Joanna Rudniańska

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A Cruise on the Ocean of Enthusiasm
healthy living

A Cruise on the Ocean of Enthusiasm

Reading / society
A selection of the Indian sage’s wise words. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone
Creating Life from Inorganic Matter

Magazine / science
Many creation stories describe how man was made from clay. We treat such stories as ancient myths, yet according to some chemists and biologists, life may have indeed come from clay minerals. Łukasz Lamża
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His Majesty the King of Cats
short story

His Majesty the King of Cats

Reading / literature
What is happiness? In this short story, a film critic searches for the answer to this evergreen question while recounting an anecdote about an Oscar-winning Polish director who seems very familiar... Wojciech Engelking

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There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark

There Is Beautiful Light in the Dark
An Interview with Ilona Wiśniewska

Magazine / society
Reportage journalist Ilona Wiśniewska talks about living in the north of Norway, experiencing the northern lights, and preparing for the polar night. Jan Pelczar
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Antarctica

Antarctica

Media / Photo
There is a quiet space between the stimulus and the reaction. In this space, our greatest strength awaits: the power of choice.
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Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of May. Adam Węgłowski
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Women Who Know ♫

Women Who Know ♫

Media / Audio
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.
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Happiness at the Bottom of a Teacup

Happiness at the Bottom of a Teacup
A Japanese Approach to a Fulfilling Life

Magazine / society
Doing what you love doing is the path to a long and happy life, according to the Japanese philosophy of ‘ikigai’. But how exactly do we find our reason to get out of bed? Aleksandra Kaniewska
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Life in a Sealed Jar

Life in a Sealed Jar
A Brief History of Terrariums

Magazine / culture
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Joanna Dobkowska

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The Shackles of Freedom

The Shackles of Freedom
On the Unbearable Burden of Choice

Reading / society
In modern European and American societies, we are encouraged to celebrate our individual liberty. But, paradoxically, sometimes freedom can paralyse our minds. Paweł Franczak
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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski

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Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016
Poematic

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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Magnetic Sculptures

Magnetic Sculptures

Media / Photo
The “Magnetic Sculptures” project by Honza Zamojski is a series of overscaled black-and-white photographs depicting sculptures made of tiny magnets. Recalling the tone and proportion of Brassaï’s famous portfolio “Les Sculptures de Picasso”, Zamojski’s shadowy monuments also invoke the unrealized forms of constructivist architecture.
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AEON

AEON

Media / Photo
Swiss photographer and artist Marcel Rickli reflects on pressing concerns about radioactive waste in the form of a visual research project in the field of tension between documentary photography and art. His latest work, AEON, contrasts the symbolic nature of nuclear semiotics with the factuality of repositories as they are planned and built today.
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Culinary Meditation
healthy living

Culinary Meditation
The Art of Slow Cooking

Magazine / society
On lazy days – when you want to cook without effort and take time to read or day-dream – it’s good to know some methods for kitchen action with no action at all. Monika Kucia

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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

Media / Video
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Accommodations
Fiction

Accommodations

Reading / literature
In this excerpt from an autobiographical novel by Wioletta Greg, we time-travel to Poland in the 1990s, where the book’s protagonist finds herself once again homeless and despairing in the streets of Częstochowa on New Year’s Eve. Wioletta Greg

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Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

Reading / science
As mapmakers began to get a better and better sense of the earth's geography, some of the more playful amongst them, as well as some new to the art, turned their attentions to charting more ambiguous lands — creating maps that depicted ideas as places and the machinations of the mind and heart as a journey.
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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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What Can Greta Do?
Mind the climate

What Can Greta Do?
The Urgent Ascent of a Climate Activist

Magazine / society
Today, Greta Thunberg is an icon of the battle against global warming. The unassuming 16-year-old has brought impetus to a worldwide youth movement, but what comes next? Paulina Wilk
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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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The Bikini in Cinema

The Bikini in Cinema
A Visual History

Reading / culture
On its 73rd birthday, we celebrate the bikini’s most iconic appearances in Polish and international film. Małgorzata Zacharska
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

Media / Audio
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.
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I Am Not a New Frankenstein

I Am Not a New Frankenstein
An Interview with Jack Szostak

Magazine / science
Jack Szostak talks about the beginnings of life on Earth, the beauty of synthetic biology, and why he’s not exactly Dr. Frankenstein. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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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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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Lessons in Coexistence

Reading / feuilleton
We are panicking a bit. But we are also genuinely concerned about a situation where a huge amount will depend upon whether we want to work together.
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A Cap and a Stem

A Cap and a Stem
The Culinary Rewards of Mushroom Foraging

Magazine / society
The versatility and rich flavour of mushrooms makes them an excellent cooking ingredient. It’s hardly surprising that mushroom-picking is an essential part of traditional Slavic culture. Monika Kucia

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First Star of David
short story

First Star of David

Magazine / culture
3 Smocza Street. David Spilman, an Israeli teenager, has memorized this address from the letters his grandma used to receive. But what waits for him in Warsaw, once the home of his grandma, on Christmas Eve? Joanna Rudniańska
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Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Mind the climate

Deep Adaptation to the Climate Crisis
Coping with the Inconvenient Truth

Reading / society
The climate crisis is a reality, right now, that much is indisputable. But how do we adapt to such a difficult and devastating ecological truth? Robert Rient

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A Cold
Non-Fiction

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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Edwin
Bendyk
Edwin Bendyk

How to Save the Earth in the Era of the Anthropocene

Reading / society
With global catastrophe on the horizon, a writer asks: what do the Rojava Kurds, Pope Francis, and Silicon Valley visionaries all have in common?
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Lessons in Coexistence

Read

Without End

Zbigniew
Libera
Read
Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

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“It’s Okay to Panic” Documentary Soon Available Online
Mind the climate

“It’s Okay to Panic” Documentary Soon Available Online

Media / Video
“It’s Okay to Panic”, the new film by the creators of “Smog Wars”, will be released on 1st June 2020. The film’s production was supported by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation.
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Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
Mind the climate

Frustrating and Fascinating Questions
An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

Reading / society
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather, talks about pursuing an environmental way of life, the power of poetry, and how he engages in constructive conversation about climate. Julia Fiedorczuk
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All the Colours of Biebrza
Mind the climate

All the Colours of Biebrza
A National Park on Fire

Reading / science
Earlier in April, the marshes of the Biebrza Valley and Wetlands started to burn. The wildfire has devastated the flora and fauna of Poland’s largest national park – and it’s only the beginning. Jędrzej Wojnar
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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
Mind the climate

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say?
A Sonic Trip to the Zabalo River

Reading / science
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. Gordon Hempton

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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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
healthy living

Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Coping with COVID-19

Reading / society
Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient
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The Anxiety Virus
healthy living

The Anxiety Virus
An Interview with Martyna Goryniak

Reading / society
Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient
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Meditation During Quarantine
healthy living

Meditation During Quarantine
An Interview with Filip Kołodziejczyk

Reading / society
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite. Berenika Steinberg
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In Search of Clatter
healthy living

In Search of Clatter
The Joy of the Everyday

Magazine / society
Joy can feel like an elusive emotion. But what exactly is true joy? And is it really worth aspiring to? Agata Sikora