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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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The Magic of Mushrooms

The Magic of Mushrooms
A Mycological Trip

Magazine / science
Our unmatched biologist-reporter takes a camping trip to the forest, where – after eating a freshly-picked mushroom breakfast – he ends up on the other side of the mycelium. Tomasz Sitarz

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The Great Forger

The Great Forger
Gems Set in History

Reading / culture
Stanisław Poniatowski owned one of the most remarkable – and scandalous – collections of ancient carved gemstones. Tomasz Wichrowski
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Sound of Body, Sound of Mind

Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
The Science of Music Therapy

Reading / science
From free jazz to Bach, both music therapy and self-directed listening can have multiple health benefits for the human brain and mind. Enis Yucekoralp

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War Is a Male Game

War Is a Male Game
An Interview with Jasmila Žbanić

Reading / culture
Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić talks about her film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, the Srebrenica massacre, and why women’s perspectives of war are important. Mateusz Demski

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What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it
Stanisław Lem

What Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” would be like if other famous sci-fi and fantasy authors had written it

Reading / culture
What would be the result if some other popular sci-fi and fantasy writers were to try their hand at Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”? All sorts of great books! Grzegorz Uzdański
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Longing for Emptiness

Longing for Emptiness
How to Avoid Overstimulation

Reading / society
In a world of social media and internet scrolling, information is everywhere. How can we turn off and avoid overstimulating our brains? Aleksandra Kozłowska
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Obrazek
Joanna Grochocka
Artwork / Illustrations
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20th September 1519

20th September 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail for the Maluku Islands under the banner of Spain. Yet his attempt to circumnavigate the globe was seemingly doomed from the start... Adam Węgłowski
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
big think

How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health

Reading / science
Move over, forest bathing. Derek Beres

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The Home of Happy Orphanhood

The Home of Happy Orphanhood
An Orphanage in Amsterdam

Magazine / society
In the 1960s, an attempt was made to create the perfect children’s home in Amsterdam. Today, there are no orphanages in the Netherlands, but Aldo van Eyck’s great architecture remains. Zygmunt Borawski
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Flying Over a Frozen Lake
sports

Flying Over a Frozen Lake
A Brief History of Ice Yachting

Magazine / society
In the interwar period, Poland was the European capital of ice yachting. People still sail across the ice today. Wojtek Antonów

Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

Read

Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe. Michał Brennek
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A Rubbish Island
Mind the climate

A Rubbish Island
The Problem of Microplastics

Magazine / society
Microplastics are almost imperceptible to the human eye. Yet their impact on the environment is shocking – as evidenced by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Piotr Żelazny
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Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816
Mind the climate

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

Magazine / society
It is two hundred years since “The Year Without a Summer”, when a sun-obscuring ash cloud – ejected from one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history – caused temperatures to plummet the world over. Gillen D’Arcy Wood

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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Backwards
healthy living

Backwards
A New Direction in Walking

Magazine / society
Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease. Sylwia Niemczyk
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A Tart but Tasty Delight
healthy living

A Tart but Tasty Delight
A Recipe for Currant Ice Cream

Magazine / society
Currants – in their red and black varieties – may be tart, but are full of flavour and nutrition. They also make the perfect partner for summer ice cream. Michał Korkosz
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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
healthy living

A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
How to Make Pierogi with Mint

Magazine / society
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi). Łukasz Łuczaj
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Bark Medicine
healthy living

Bark Medicine
The Health Benefits of Trees

Magazine / society
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits. Anna Berestecka