Paulina Wilk

Editor of the Culture & Society section, as well as a writer and journalist focusing on global development. Among others, she has published the non-fiction books “Lalki w ogniu” (Dolls on Fire: Stories from Modern India) and “Pojutrze. O miastach przyszłości (After Tomorrow: On Future Cities). She has also written a series of fairy-tales about a teddy bear called Kazimierz. She is the co-creator of the “Kultura nie boli” foundation, the bookshop, café and literary space Big Book Café, and the Big Book Festival.
The Organization of Imaginary Nations
World + People
Dreams and Visions

The Organization of Imaginary Nations

It was a Friday in fall. On this drizzly day, the congresspeople in the Capitol building were clashing over the American public debt. The threat of bankruptcy was hovering over the country. Meanwhile, on the enormous lawn in the center of Washington, almost a million smiling people were plunged in serene meditation.
Paulina Wilk
Oil!
World + People
Nature

Oil!

Humanity's relationship with oil is a history of addiction and getting high off the "black gold." Can we ever recover from it?
Paulina Wilk
Superpower
Soul + Body
Good Mood

Superpower

Kindness evolved to help us survive, says Brian Hare, evolutionary anthropologist. How can we exhibit it today so that it continues to work to the advantage of the human species?
Paulina Wilk
Before It All Begins
Soul + Body
Breathe In

Before It All Begins

From Kenya to Peru, India to Korea, sunrise brings with it different kinds of beginnings—across rainforests, beaches, and metropolises.
Paulina Wilk
Be Kind and Be Well
Soul + Body
Breathe In

Be Kind and Be Well

Claudia Hammond, a British author and radio broadcaster, discusses how altruism exists cross-culturally and how kindness affects the brain.
Paulina Wilk
Getting Bogged Down
World + People
Science

Getting Bogged Down

The boglands of Estonia store water, cultivate biodiversity, and help regulate the climate. To ensure a sustainable future, they must be protected.
Paulina Wilk
Well-Asked Questions
World + People
Dreams and Visions

Well-Asked Questions

Nobel Prize laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banarjee suggest that in order to address pressing world issues such as poverty, scholars must steer clear of generalization.
Paulina Wilk
Alleyways of Trust
Art + Stories
Experiences

Alleyways of Trust

The Syrian capital—built as a social network of streets and souks—was torn apart by the civil war. Yet slowly, the city is opening up once again.
Paulina Wilk
Shed Your Skin
Art + Stories
Opinions

Shed Your Skin

In his latest book “The Last White Man,” novelist Mohsin Hamid crafts a meditation on how external transformation can lead to an internal metamorphosis.
Paulina Wilk
A Beautiful Mind
Soul + Body
Breathe In

A Beautiful Mind

The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland.
Paulina Wilk
Where Trees Devour Houses
World + People
Dreams and Visions

Where Trees Devour Houses

The capital of West Bengal is a young city that appears unable to escape the memory of a more prosperous past. Yet slowly but surely, Kolkata is changing.
Paulina Wilk
Ecstasy through Logic
World + People
Science

Ecstasy through Logic

The British philosopher was both a rebel and pacifist—and one who maintained his convictions and hopes for humanity until the day he died.
Paulina Wilk