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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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Write for “Przekrój”!

Write for “Przekrój”!

Reading / culture
The international version of “Przekrój” is now looking to commission original content in English. Ready to join us?  Przekrój

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Lethal Legacies and Other Ingrate Cases

Lethal Legacies and Other Ingrate Cases
Stories of (Dis)Inheritance

Magazine / society
They say that the rich are less empathetic than the poor – for some billionaires and aristocrats, this even extends to disinheriting their own families. Andrzej Krajewski
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You’ll See When the Rain Comes

You’ll See When the Rain Comes
A Journey to the Source of the Nile

Magazine / society
The Nile river eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea, but has more humble origins. One such source is the Blue Nile at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, where water can be in short supply for large parts of the year. Paulina Wilk

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The St. Nicholas Code

The St. Nicholas Code
The Mysterious Origins of Santa Claus

Magazine / science
It’s easy enough to recognize who Santa Claus is, but his namesake’s story is not quite so simple. In fact, it’s possible that St. Nicholas never even existed… Adam Węgłowski

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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski
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in this light
deep soundings

in this light

Reading / literature
“...a painter provides a season, / a setting, and an oil-thick frame of mind.” A poem by an American great. Evie Shockley
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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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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Evie Shockley’s “in this light”

Reading / culture
Evie Shockley’s poem “in this light” tackles three Impressionist paintings in a way that shows the poet’s incredible synesthetic imagination.
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The Short Life of Inanimate Objects

The Short Life of Inanimate Objects
An Interview with Adèle Chasson

Magazine / society
Adèle Chasson, project manager at the Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP) NGO, talks about the importance of empowering consumers, the recent legal proceedings against Epson and Apple, and why it might not be your fingernails that are responsible for laddered tights. Urszula Kaczorowska
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Lily Briscoe’s Painting

Lily Briscoe’s Painting
On a Fictional Work of Art

Reading / culture
A writer channels the spirit of Virginia Woolf to reflect on the significance of a painting from her novel “To the Lighthouse”, both for the character who painted it and for the author herself. Grzegorz Uzdański
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The Avant-Garde in the Forest

The Avant-Garde in the Forest
The House of Jan Szpakowicz

Reading / society
In a forest close to Warsaw, a long-forgotten gem of modernism designed by architect Jan Szpakowicz lay dormant until quite recently. Łukasz Stępnik

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An Unsung Hero of the Holodomor

An Unsung Hero of the Holodomor
Terror and Truth in Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr. Jones”

Reading / culture
The latest film from Agnieszka Holland tells the story of Gareth Jones, a Welsh journalist searching for truth in Soviet Ukraine. A Ukrainian writer explores how the film may shed new light on the Holodomor for those in her home country. Tetiana Shataieva
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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

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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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Buy “Przekrój”, Sir

Buy “Przekrój”, Sir
Our Magazine in the 1990s

Magazine / society
In the early 1990s, Poland was undergoing a political and economic transformation away from communism. Naturally, “Przekrój” had to adapt to the times, too. Ewa Pawlik

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We’re All Going to Die
short story

We’re All Going to Die

Reading / literature
A short story not only for children. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Sadness Is Not a Disease

Sadness Is Not a Disease
An Interview with Allan Horwitz

Reading / society
Allan Horwitz talks about the murky relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry, the history of diagnosis, and the problems with pathologizing regular human emotions. Tomasz Stawiszyński

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The Spruces of the Krukawe Woods

The Spruces of the Krukawe Woods
New Life in the Białowieża Forest

Reading / science
In the primeval Białowieża Forest, a small spruce is growing. But unlike the oak trees that surround it, this spruce is growing above the ground… Michał Książek
Opinion
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Julia
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Julia Fiedorczuk

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Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
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Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Group 2

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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

Media / Audio
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

Media / Audio
Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

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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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

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Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

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Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

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Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

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Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

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A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

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Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.