All posts by Benjamin Woollard

Benjamin Woollard is writer and editor. He lives in California with his wife, daughter, and delightfully neurotic dog, Pearadox. You can read more of his work on his Substack:

Concentric Roots

In the twenty-sixth canto of Dante’s Inferno, the pilgrim and his guide come across two figures encased in flame. Virgil reveals to Dante that within this single fire dwells Diomedes and Ulysses, grieving over the horse that penetrated Troy. They...

/ March 14, 2022

The World Becomes Light Again

I have long had an obsession with books. Since middle school, at least, I have loved to sit by a shelf and examine the titles, to arrange them, to examine their cover art, to read the summaries and flip through...

/ January 5, 2022

Water is a Single Substance

Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps (Ps. 148:7) Water is a single substance. Each and every instantiation of the liquid merges with every other. Each molecule composes the same body, longing for union with its...

/ May 7, 2021

Not for Bread Alone: Notes on Good Work

On a number of the shelves in my home sit baskets that I have made myself. I took up the craft out of a need for contrast in what is a largely abstract existence, mostly consisting of reading and computer...

/ August 14, 2020