Short story: The Great Wall: A Story from the Zombie War by Max Brooks, from Closure, Limited and Other Zombies Stories. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Swan by Albert Goldbarth, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from February 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Challenging Intellect by Will Self, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from April 2012. Recommended.