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A Visual Antidote to Cynicism


‘You deserve GOOD things.’

Earlier this week, E. B. White reminded us that “some writers have lost their sense of proportion, their sense of humor, and their sense of appreciation.” The same can said of much of today’s visual culture, whose currencies have become the grim and the sensationalistic. You might recall a charming antidote: Everything Is Going to Be OK, the lovely pocket-sized anthology of positive artwork. Now, it’s available as equally lovely 20 different note cards, featuring artists like Gemma Correll, Jessica Swift, Danna Ray, and Amy Borrell. And while it’s easy to let cynicism take hold, E. B. White said it best:

I think I would lose what little value I may have as a writer if I were to refuse, as a matter of principle, to accept the warming rays of the sun, and to report them, whenever, and if ever, they happen to strike me.

'You deserve GOOD things' by Gemma Correll

'You are so loved' by Jessica Swift

'Be present every day' by Danna Ray

'NICE' by Amy Borrell

'I think you're lovely. (It's true.)' by Gemma Correll

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