Short story: The Descent of Man by Christopher Weber, from Nature, June 2017. Recommended.
Poem: The Operation by Anne Sexton, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from July 2017. Highly Recommended.
Essay: Gold Coin of Kumaragupta I, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from June 2010. Highly Recommended.