Short story: The Piano Next Door by Elia W. Peattie (1898), listened to on the Morning Short podcast.
Poem: The Ghost Al Capone by John Cooper Clarke, from Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt by John Cooper Clarke (2012). Recommended.
Essay: Minoen Bull Leaper, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from February 2010. Highly Recommended.