Short story: The Adventure of the Stockbrokers Clerk by Arthur Conan Doyle, from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Recommended.
Poem: Despair by H. P. Lovecraft, listened to on the Voice Before the Void podcast. Recommended.
Essay: The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life by Susan Pinker, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from August 2017. Highly Recommended.