Monday, July 5, 2021

And so it begins


We are now overlapping posts with the Life is a Fountain Newsletter, and except for this introduction they will have the same content. As soon as I get a sense that everything is working, these posts will go into hiatus. 

You may hear from Clerkmanifesto on special occasions in the future.

And so it begins,

With this you will start regularly receiving selections from Life is a Fountain.

Life is a Fountain? You know, it's that thing I've been...

Right right. Excellent!

Today I am featuring the Art page, and if this letter leaves you wanting more, hit the link below:
Frida Kahlo in Arles, I guess
I think someone once cut up a Picasso to sell square inches of it. That may be an apocryphal story. But the way I remember it is that the issue ended up in court, and it turned out some court somewhere said

You can't go cutting up Picassos!!!!!

Which means there is a limit to how much any person can own a piece of art.

Which oddly seems to mean I can cut up a Frida Kahlo painting and glue it a Van Gogh.

I mean, as long as I do it digitally. 

Here are a couple along the same idea, though set in my library:

From here I become increasingly less elegant. I'm oddly fond of this one below, but it needs a lot more work.


One nice thing I find as I go around cutting up everything; Van Goghs, The Little Prince, Dr. Seuss, Frida Kahlo, is just how wonderful it all is. There's such strength and life in these images. And if what I'm doing is disrespectful. or illegal, or frivolous, well, okay. But I like how even in the most absurd situations so much of the work, so much of their art, still shines through.

A Van Gogh really is beautiful.

And Elvis happily standing in one doesn't really change that.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Begging Week, Day Seven, Independence Day

I'll be right up front about it:

Please check out 

Life is a Fountain

Unlike my previous six requests of begging week, all of which went to specific pages of Life is a Fountain, today's link will take you to the home page. You may have been there when I asked you to go early on, or maybe you went there on your own journey. But over the course of this week the front page has changed a great deal, looks far better, and features more rotating content. 

Plus, if you go there, you might catch sight of the cat!

Yes, still green.

So for one last time, check it out

Now, for the good news; I will leave you alone. Oh, things will still come to your email. You can read what you want. You can click whatever links appeal to you, but you don't have to interact with anything. I will ask for no more favors.

Thanks to whoever among you filled out my forms and went to pages just because I asked. That was kind and helpful.

But now, Begging Week is done.

Independence Day is here.

And Life is a Fountain.

Life is a Fountain?

Isn't it?

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Begging Week Day Six: The cat


Welcome to Begging Week day six, the week where we feature a new page of our new iteration and glorious heir to Clerkmanifesto: Life is a Fountain.

Cats don't beg. Which is maybe one of 4,362 things I like about them. So when I ask you to go visit the Life is a Fountain cat, when I beg you to go...


I am not asking on behalf of the cat. 

He wanted me to make that clear. I mean, I think he did.

You see the cat would just like to be left alone!!!!

But the cat has been through an awful lot this week (you'll see). 

And I think he would be really, really happy to see you.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Begging Week, Day 5, the Gallery


It is day five of begging week.

So many days.

I'm tired.

Tired of begging.

I'm not a very good beggar. Even as I beg there is some part of  me that wants to tell you why you shouldn't give me anything.

But the truth is, people giving me things has always built their character. The more anyone has given me the better the person they are.

I don't mean anything by that, it's just a weird thing I noticed in the Universe.

I'm supposed to beg you to go to this page today:

The Gallery

You won't have to read anything there. It's more of an oooohhh ahhhhh sort of page.

Pick one out that you like.

Thank yourself.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Begging Week day 4: The Classics


Do you like Clerkmanifesto, but find the quality to be a bit... uneven?

Then The Life is a Fountain "Classics" page is for you!

Finally, finally, finally someone has finally come along to curate the endless, mad, endless, variable in quality posts of Clerkmanifesto.

 And now, on the Life is a Fountain Classics Page, which is


Finally, finally, finally!

All of the posts are pretty good.