Short story: The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb by Arthur Conan Doyle, from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Recommended.
Poem: Greater Love by Wilfred Owen, listened to through Librivox. Highly Recommended.
Essay: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death by Lucy Kalanithi, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from May 2017. Highly Recommended.