AN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
"Because the world is mad, The only way through the world is to learn
The arts and double the madness. Are you listening?"
Doubly Mad and Black Rabbit Press are divisions of
The Other Side of Utica, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to
representing the creative voices
of Central New York and beyond.
Doubly Mad is a biannual literary and visual arts journal published by The Other Side of Utica, Inc. with support through granting organizations and our readers. Our aim is to publish excellent poetry, fiction, essays and visual art, with an emphasis on people working and living in Central New York, though not to the exclusion of our neighbors throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Original Doubly Mad Logo, Circa 2003
Doubly Mad was started in 2003 by Orin and Kim Domenico as a coffeehouse magazine based out of their cafe in Utica, NY:
The Cafe Domenico.
The project has grown since then, but our mission remains to foster artists wherever they may live and work by providing them with an in-print venue to share the results of their efforts and imaginations.
It is our conviction that art is a modus vivendi which everyone has the ability to pursue in their own fashion, whether on a “professional” level or for “personal satisfaction.” We disagree with the commonly held view that “art is useless.” On the contrary, our view is that devotion to an art is one of the surest ways, perhaps the only way, to liberate oneself from the top-down hegemony of our society, both in its overt and subtle manifestations, because devotion to an art begins with an assertion of an individual’s experience. To create requires a person to open at least partially to an intuitive self, which can instigate opportunities for reflection, self and social scrutiny, as well as celebration, mourning, humor — the gambit, essentially, of the human experience.
The result is a deepening knowledge and acceptance of oneself, and a deepening knowledge of our neighbors. The danger to any social structure which depends on complicity and obedience, which depends on consumption of ready-made products, is real. To anyone cynical of our position, we only ask one question: why are repressive authorities so eager to control or silence artists if art and art-making is such an ineffective endeavor?
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.