| US House of Representatives member Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio),|
announcing the renaming of French fries to Freedom Fries in 2003.
When we decided to write a script about the aftermath of the Bush years, we used the Freedom Fries reminiscence as a trigger for a change of heart of (or in) the former president, with predictably unpredictable ramifications for him and others that make up the story.
We finished the script quickly, but couldn't get it produced, of course. So we decided to turn it into a novel. The novel is still unfinished because (1) we developed unsurmountable seconds thought about the legal feasibility of the whole thing since we have the main actors involved in doing fairly funny things and they could try to drag us into American courts with libel suits or worse, and (2) we started to work on a new novel, Green Eyes, which is almost finished in its first draft and is taking up all of our time.
We published most of the available Freedom Fries draft on this blog as a feuilleton, a 19th century term initially coined to characterize a work of fiction published in installments (in Germany, the term is now used for the cultural pages of a newspaper). We removed all FF posts a month ago when we decided to revamp this blog as a publication platform for the Green Eyes.
But we are having second thoughts now, whence the decision to re-introduce the Freedom Fries in a slightly changed format, with longer fragments of the manuscript posted at more distant intervals.
Here's the first installment.