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Sep 23, 2012

Freedom Fries --- introduction

Freedom Fries, yes, how about the Freedom Fries. The term came into being in the spring of 2003, when President Jaques Chirac of France refused to join George W. Bush in his attack on Iraq (the second Gulf War), and Representative Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), the chairman of the Committee on House Administration, directed the three canteens of the US House of Representatives to rename French fries to "freedom fries."

 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 second thoughts about the legal feasibility of the whole thing since we have the main characters doing fairly funny things and they could try to drag us into American libel courts, and (2) we started to work on a new novel, Green Eyes, which is almost finished in its first draft and is takes 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.

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