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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 Bay

The Bay

Media / Photo
The point of departure for Sława Harasymowicz’s exhibition is a tragedy that took place in the closing days of World War II, in Neustadt Bay, near Lübeck. Prisoners evacuated from the Neuengamme concentration camp lost their lives in the bombardment of three German ships by the RAF; among those who perished was the artist’s great-uncle, Marian Górkiewicz. The artist undertook years of research to learn the circumstances behind her relative’s death.

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A Marriage of Glaciers

A Marriage of Glaciers
Water Conservation in the Mountains

Reading / science
In the high-altitude region of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan, local villagers have devised a novel solution to water scarcity – grafting their own glaciers. Klaudia Khan
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The Dark Side of the Sun

The Dark Side of the Sun
Demons in the Shadows

Magazine / society
Light and darkness, that which is clearly illuminated or lies hidden in the shadows, have both literal and figurative meanings in mythology and religion. Adam Aduszkiewicz

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Bushidō, or the Idealized Way

Bushidō, or the Idealized Way
The Myth of the Japanese Samurai

Magazine / culture
The book “Bushido: The Soul of Japan” was a bestseller in the West. But what did its author – a Japanese economist, diplomat and politician – really know about the way of the samurai? Piotr Żelazny

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Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized
big think

Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized

Reading / science
After decades of research and analysis of geoscience data, the seventh largest geological continent officially exists. Teodora Zareva

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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski
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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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From Eye to Bone

From Eye to Bone

Media / Photo
Bartosz Wajer’s works in the “From Eye to Bone” series are photographs from erotic portals that are rephotographed without the standard use of a lens. The artist instead employing the exposed matrix of a digital camera, a handheld lens, and manual manipulation. Utilizing the equipment against the rules of ‘proper’ photography seems to be a cognitively effective technique. By stripping erotic content of the conventions of titillating imagery, one discovers its comic and, at the same time, disturbing nature.
Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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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
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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

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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
big think

How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?

Reading / science
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis. Jaimee Bell
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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman
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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma
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Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska