Short story: Mulholland Dive by Michael Connelly, from USA Noir (2013) edited by Johnny Temple. Recommended.
Poem: Psalm for Mary Jane Veloso by Barbara Jane Reyes, listened to on the Poetry Now podcast, from October 2017. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Battle for Free Speech by Andrew Sullivan, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from October 2017. Highly Recommended.