Looking Backward is a history newsletter dedicated to the idea that we can better understand the tumult of the present by examining it through the lens of the past. In original, deeply-researched essays, interviews, and reviews, I look for the long view on issues like climate change, gun control, pandemics, and women’s rights. I’m interested in stories we’ve forgotten, context we’ve overlooked, and connections between where we’ve been and where we might go.

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I am an essayist and journalist whose writing has previously appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Believer, Longreads, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. You can read more of my work here.

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Kiley Bense
I am a writer and journalist whose essays, op-eds, and features have appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, Literary Hub, Longreads, and elsewhere. https://twitter.com/kileybense