Short story: Mastermind by Reed Farrel Coleman, from USA Noir (2013) edited by Johnny Temple. Recommended.
Poem: Precision German Craftsmanship by Matthew Rohrer, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from September 2017.
Essay: Silk Princess Painting, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from June 2010. Recommended.