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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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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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A Cold

A Cold
On Lem, Philip K. Dick and the FBI

Reading / literature
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief. Wojciech Orliński
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Slowly, Through the Nose

Slowly, Through the Nose
The Science of Yogic Breathing

Magazine / society
The neuroscientist Andrea Zaccaro has demonstrated that slow breathing can have a calming and restorative effect on the nervous system. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Wojciech
Mann
Wojciech Mann

Meditations of a Lazybones

Reading / feuilleton
A lazybones presents his political manifesto for... laziness.
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The Mechanical Drummer

The Mechanical Drummer
From Olsztyn to Aphex Twin

Magazine / culture
Polyend began life in 2015 as a small, musical equipment start-up in northeastern Poland. By 2016, they’d already received an order from Aphex Twin for their digital drumming machine, Perc. Kamil Bałuk
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Hot Hells, Cold Hells

Hot Hells, Cold Hells
A Tour Through the Asian Abyss

Magazine / culture
Tomasz Wiśniewski presents an overview of the various Buddhist and Taoist afterlife offers for sinners. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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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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Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
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Brainy Cephalopods

Brainy Cephalopods

Magazine / science
Squids and octopuses are intelligent creatures with an unearthly beauty, as illustrated perfectly by the paintings of Ernst Haeckel. Mikołaj Golachowski

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In Praise of Nudity

In Praise of Nudity
The Nudist Beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

Reading / society
Poland may be a Catholic country, but it has its fair share of nudists. You might find them at the infamous beach at Chałupy, or even further afield in Bulgaria, whose Black Sea resorts have long attracted regional naturists. Stasia Budzisz
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The Battle of Gotland
sports

The Battle of Gotland
A Regatta in the Baltic Sea

Magazine / society
Since 2012, a single-handed, solo sailing race has taken place in the Baltic Sea. The 500-nautical-mile race attracts skippers hoping to qualify for even more arduous regattas. Wojtek Antonów
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Voices
Poematic

Voices

Reading / literature
“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Krystyna Dąbrowska

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Language That Brings Freedom

Language That Brings Freedom
The Legacy of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Magazine / culture
The writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o truly understood the power of language – not only as a British colonial tool, but also as his own means of critiquing the corrupt post-colonial elites of Kenya. Agata Kasprolewicz
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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 Story No One Has Told Yet

A Story No One Has Told Yet
An Interview with Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska

Reading / culture
Nancy Spielberg and Anna Różalska, the producers of the film Who Will Write Our History, talk about the little-known history of Jewish social activist Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes archive. Paulina Małochleb 
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The Armband

The Armband

Magazine / culture
One day, six-year-old Helena is gifted a ‘magical’ armband by her friend Tomek. But the armband has some unexpected effects... An excerpt from the book “Kotka Brygidy” [Brygida’s Cat], set in wartime Warsaw. Joanna Rudniańska

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Sorrow and Pain, Torment and Martyrdom

Sorrow and Pain, Torment and Martyrdom
The Latter Years of Tadeusz Peiper

Magazine / society
In the early 1920s, Taduesz Peiper was one of Poland’s leading avant-garde poets. 30 years later, he was ostracized by his peers as his mental health spiralled into decline. Mikołaj Gliński
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The Internets

The Internets

Media / Photo
The internet, despite being widely available, as a virtual entity remains elusive. Its visualisation (what we know as the internet) is a collection of blue images, implicating digital modernity. Underneath those notions, however, hide addresses of companies that provide services and management of the internet.
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Poematic

glove

Reading / literature
“a woman in a red jacket / picked up a glove from the snow…” A poem by a contemporary Polish writer. Joanna Wajs
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

Read

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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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

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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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda

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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)
Listen to the audio

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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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

Media / Video
Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

Media / Video
Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

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

Professor Filutek, part 41

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

Professor Filutek, part 40

Media / Video
Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

Media / Video
A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

Media / Video
Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.
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Professor Filutek, part 36

Professor Filutek, part 36

Media / Video
Wonderful vistas, unforgettable emotions...