Short story: Tales of Houdini by Rudy Rucker, from Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, edited by Bruce Sterling. Recommended.
Poem: The Day I Knocked a Bankroll out of the Window by Charles Bukowski, from Bukowski: Essential Poetry. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Horror of Love by A. L. Kennedy, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from September 2013. Recommended.