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the occupation of Ashley and Levon

[ from a. addair who is listening to Sam Sparro (Sam Sparro) ]

Thank you once again, Good Packaging subscribers and welcome to the fall issue (we’re going by the solstice schedule) of 2010.  For this edition we’ve focused on vulnerability and acknowledgement of interdependence concerning doing what you do.

Our collaborator for this issue is artist Emily Janowick of  She is a great encourager for our Knoxville art community toward honesty and authenticity in our approach to art making as well as the life that makes possible the work.  This issue is also heavily influenced by the book, The Gift by Lewis Hyde which we recommend wholeheartedly.

Here’s what’s Good in this Packaging*:


Original painting on woodblock by Ashley (see above statement)


Laundry Line: demo of new song by Levon


not sure how i’ll eat but i’m not picking your peaches : Levon’s latest EP


A Fragile Genius: On viewing creativity as a gift and an acknowledgement of the vulnerability involved in toiling and sacrificing to this endowment.

“The task of setting free one’s gift was a recognizable labor in the ancient world.  The Romans called a person’s tutelar spirit his genius.  In Greece it was called a daemon….The genius or daemon comes to us at birth.  It carries with it the fullness of our undeveloped powers.  These it offers to us as we grow, and we choose whether or not to labor in its service.”  -Lewis Hyde


Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on this subject at


Let your genius fly and “OLE to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”


With love and thanks,

Ashley and Levon

* All the packaging for this issue is made from used materials to emphasize the cyclical nature of our world and therefore our interdependence.



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