Short story: The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemmingway, from The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. Highly Recommended.
Poem: What You Pray Toward by Patricia Smith, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast. Recommended.
Essay: A Liberal Credo by Adam Gopnik, from the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from November 2016. Highly Recommended.