RHYMES WITH NICOTINE
by Lothar Kittstein
In mid-March 2020, a 49-year-old Cologne woman with Down’s syndrome shows symptoms of a Coronavirus infection. Like many other people with a disability, she’s immediately taken to a residential quarantine set-up to be isolated. A few days later, on the 21st of March, she dies of the virus. It’s the city’s second fatality of this kind. Nothing further is known about the woman. How did she experience the pandemic and lockdown in Germany, her final few days? This is her fictitious diary.
THE ENDING NEVER-STORY I-XVII
by Stefan Hornbach
Rob and Ed are staying in. Rob starts rearranging his collection of books while Ed seeks refuge in virtual worlds. But the state-decreed lockdown threatens to become permanent for the two of them. In short conversations, they challenge the scope of their possibilities, trapped in-between Netflix and the desire to be or create something special. They begin to fear what they long for: life as they used to know it, responsibilities, physical proximity. The end to their shared journey is as inevitable as it is impossible.