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Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring
Lessons of the Polish Backyard

Magazine / society
Growing up in late communist Poland may have meant lacking material goods, but the sustainable mentality it promoted can teach us something today. Paulina Wilk

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Moderation Marcus

Moderation Marcus
An Interview with Marcus Aurelius

Magazine / culture
The one-time Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius talks with a modern-day Stoic about moderation, Zbigniew Herbert and smartphones. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Winter’s Work

Winter’s Work
A Philosophical Moomin Tale

Reading / culture
“Moominvalley in November” is the only book in Tove Jansson’s series to not feature the Moomins. Yet it is a beautiful examination of winter, light and darkness. Kamila Dzika-Jurek
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Empire of the Alexandrinas

Empire of the Alexandrinas
An Alternative Literary History

Reading / culture
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Great Library of Alexandria was saved by Julius Caesar. Adam Węgłowski

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Goddess O’Keeffe

Goddess O’Keeffe
The Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

Magazine / culture
Georgia O’Keeffe – the first lady of the American avant-garde, the mother of American painting – deserves her place in the pantheon of women whose art made history. Julia Fiedorczuk
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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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Silence Is Within Us
healthy living

Silence Is Within Us
The Origins of “Desiderata”

Reading / society
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland? Renata Lis
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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański

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The Stalker’s Daughter

The Stalker’s Daughter
Tarkovsky’s Women

Magazine / society
The work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky is widely acclaimed – and with good reason. But what should we make of the role of women in his film “Stalker”? Renata Lis

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Beniowskian Poland

Beniowskian Poland
An Alternative Colonial History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which Poland’s inter-war dreams of colonizing Madagascar were actually realized. Adam Węgłowski
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski

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Chasing the Cold
Mind the climate

Chasing the Cold
A Psychoanalytic Reading of “The Snow Queen”

Magazine / society
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” is full of wintry metaphors. But do today’s younger generations still have the icy cold reference points to understand such symbolism? Renata Lis
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A Boy and His Tree

A Boy and His Tree
An Excerpt from “The Overstory”

Reading / literature
He wanted to be as simple and honest as the tree that his father planted on the occasion of his birth. We present you with an excerpt from “The Overstory”, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction. Richard Powers

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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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The Ancient World in Sport
sports

The Ancient World in Sport
A Round-Up of Ancient Sporting News

Magazine / society
Our correspondent’s sporting highlights from the ancient Olympic Games, including the greatest Olympian of all time, corruption and illegal gambling, and a healthy dose of bulls’ testicles. Michał Szadkowski

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After Hours

After Hours

Media / Photo
In the ongoing series “After Hours”, Sophie Thun uses her body again as a tool to examine and question established concepts. The artist photographs herself in various hotel rooms, which she occupies while doing production work for colleagues realizing their own projects.
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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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In the Clouds as in Beehives

In the Clouds as in Beehives
How Snowflakes Are Formed

Magazine / science
When, in the winter months, we see snowflakes fall from the sky, their patterns look so intricately delicate. What exactly is the secret to their hexagonal form? Tomasz Sitarz
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Tesla’s Greatest Hits

Tesla’s Greatest Hits
His Most Interesting Inventions

Magazine / science
Nikola Tesla was one of the 20th century’s most pioneering inventors. What were his most interesting inventions? Tomasz Sitarz

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Good Job, Mr Beaver

Good Job, Mr Beaver
In Praise of a Glorious Rodent

Magazine / science
Beavers are remarkable creatures. Not only are their unique teeth a beautiful feat of nature, but they also play an important ecological role. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Brain Study Finds That Humans Are Born Wired for Reading Letters and Words
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Brain Study Finds That Humans Are Born Wired for Reading Letters and Words

Reading / science
The area of the brain that recognizes letters and words is ready for action right from the start. Robby Berman

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Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

Media / Photo
The depiction of female anger as irrational, hysterical, and just plain ugly has a long tradition: from harpies, witches and Medusa, to young girls inculcated to be polite and smiling, to memes of raging feminists and the so-called Resting Bitch Face syndrome.
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Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / culture
As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best films directed by women from Central and Eastern Europe. Agata Pyzik

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I’m Glad I Can Give Something

I’m Glad I Can Give Something
An Interview with Szymon Komasa

Reading / culture
Polish opera singer Szymon Komasa talks about the difficulties playing troubled characters, his experiences performing in “The Magic Mountain”, and the beautiful garden of Krzysztof Penderecki. Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
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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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Too Much Love ♫

Too Much Love ♫

Media / Audio
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.
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Get Up and Go

Get Up and Go
The Joys of Walking

Magazine / society
Using our feet benefits our physical and mental health, as well as improving our psychological capacities. Why not take a walk after reading this? Katarzyna Sroczyńska

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A Subversive Master of Earnestness

A Subversive Master of Earnestness
Marina Abramović Returns to Belgrade

Reading / culture
Marina Abramović has finally returned to her hometown Belgrade with the retrospective exhibition “The Cleaner”. How does the performance artist’s legacy resonate in the city that she has largely left behind? Ana Uzelac
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7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
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7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People

Reading / society
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level? Mike Colagrossi

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To Be a Dolphin

To Be a Dolphin
In Praise of a Most Intelligent Mammal

Magazine / science
Dolphins are, by all accounts, awe-inspiring creatures. Perhaps they are even more intelligent than us human beings… Mikołaj Golachowski
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Eat Daisies!

Eat Daisies!
A Guide to Edible Flowers

Magazine / society
Flowers don’t only belong as crystallized cake decorations – there’s a whole host of wild plants whose flowers you can use for all sorts of jams, sugars and syrups. Monika Kucia

Opinion
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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Next Stop: Maturity

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
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Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

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Chasing the Cold
Mind the climate

Chasing the Cold
A Psychoanalytic Reading of “The Snow Queen”

Magazine / society
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” is full of wintry metaphors. But do today’s younger generations still have the icy cold reference points to understand such symbolism? Renata Lis
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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
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Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel

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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Magdalena Róża
Skoczewska

Feel and Understand

Reading / science
By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.
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Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
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Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health

Reading / science
A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes. Scotty Hendricks
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Culinary Kindness

Culinary Kindness
A Silver Lining in Difficult Times

Magazine / society
Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen. Monika Kucia
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Gingerbread Therapy

Gingerbread Therapy
Coping with Christmas Alone

Magazine / society
Faced with the prospect of a lonely Christmas, our writer found sentimental comfort in baking her own gingerbread cake. Monika Kucia