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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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Laugh Boldly!

Laugh Boldly!
An Interview with Sebastian Gendry

Magazine / society
Sebastian Gendry, creator of the laughter wellness method, talks about the everyday benefits of laughing, as well as its more profound properties. Maria Hawranek

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The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście

The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście
The Life of Andrzej Partum

Magazine / culture
Andrzej Partum was an orphan and vagabond, a provocateur of the cultural establishment, and – to some people, at least – mentally ill. But he was above all an artist. Zbigniew Libera
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising
Poematic

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska

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it’s only sunday
Poematic

it’s only sunday

Reading / literature
“those are your Sunday rules / that you kill the rooster...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a young Polish poet. Antonina Małgorzata Tosiek
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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
Why Our Perception of Time Changes

Magazine / science
Our perception of time can be affected many factors, including age, culture, and even what event we are waiting for. A writer investigates why exactly this happens. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
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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
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous football victory over their Central European neighbours, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski

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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski
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A Witch in Princess’s Robes

A Witch in Princess’s Robes
An Interview with Mona Chollet

Reading / society
French essayist and writer Mona Chollet talks about the history of witch hunts, how society is still patriarchal and oppressive, and why we need to convince women of their own value. Paulina Małochleb 
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Professor Tutka Was a Journalist
archives

Professor Tutka Was a Journalist
Stories About Professor Tutka

Reading / culture
Professor Tutka – the fictional invention of the Polish writer Jerzy Szaniawski – was a popular character among “Przekrój” readers. Read the first story in the series, from 1949. Jerzy Szaniawski

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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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Our Man the Witcher

Our Man the Witcher
The Genius of Andrzej Sapkowski

Reading / culture
The success of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “The Witcher” series might have blinded us to an important truth: at the very heart of the brand’s popularity lies nothing but excellent literature and the work of one talented man. Tomasz Pindel

Opinion
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Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk

We’re No Longer There

Read

COVID-19 Has Transposed Us to the Future

Miha
Mazzini
Read
Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger

My Visor

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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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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
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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski

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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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Concentration: Making Life Sacred
healthy living

Concentration: Making Life Sacred

Magazine / society
A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic. Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)
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Are we morally obligated to meditate?
healthy living

Are we morally obligated to meditate?

Magazine / science
A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other. Sigal Samuel
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This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
healthy living

This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread

Magazine / society
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder. Scotty Hendricks