Short story: Simulacrum by Ken Liu, from The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Giving Directions to McDonalds by Kris Hemensley, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from April 2018. Recommended.
Essay: A Normal Need by Tom Shakespeare, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from April 2018. Highly Recommended.