Short story: A Coward’s Death by Rahul Kanakia, from Lightspeed magazine, February 2018. Recommended.
Poem: Search Party by W. S. Merwin, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from February 2018.
Essay: What Makes Something Go Viral by Dao Nguyen, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from December 2017. Recommened.