Short story: The State of Super Villainy by John Scalzi, from Miniatures. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Relaxing or Voluntarily Having Dumb, Unpleasant Experiences by Marie Buck, listened to on the PoetryNow podcast, from January 2018. Recommended.
Essay: Index Fund, listened to on the BBC’s 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy, from June 2017. Recommended.