Short story: The Sword of Destiny by Matthew Hughes, from The Book of Swords, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozios. Recommended.
Poem: To a Friend Whose Work has Come to Triumph by Anne Sexton, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2017. Highly Recommended.</i<
Essay: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep — and How to Get More of It by Dan Garenberg, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from December 2017. Recommended.