Wagner: Puritanism or Positivity? ‘Young Goodman Brown’ comes of age

Worcester can still play a role in celebrating an open, healthy, sex-positive culture, but let’s also use the moment to see something clearly: Sex and love are separated at great cost. Literature has instructed us quite clearly on this, and it would be at our peril that we abandon the great lessons of the likes of Hawthorne — and Shakespeare and Sappho, too.

Sina-cism: Remembering the Benchley brand of humor

“At book club last week, a friend gave me a copy of Nathaniel Benchley’s 1955 biography of his father, comedian Robert Benchley, who remains — more than 70 years after his death — one of Worcester’s most famous funnymen.”

Editorial: Deepening into the season

Christmas and Hanukkah are beautifully timed. Just as biting cold arrives and the amount of daylight shrinks to the annual low point, candlelight, feasts, laughter and tradition beckon us in.