Short story: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle, from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Recommended.
Poem: A Thousand Martyrs I Have Made by Aphra Behn, from 100 Poems by 100 Poets, edited by Harold Pinter, et al. (1986). Recommended.
Essay: The Limits of Materialism by John Gray, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast. Recommended.