Because asking the Authorities permission to validate our artistic production is so phallogocentric. Because DIY *is* about making it up as you go along, but not alone. Because I believe that life is short and debt is long and that people are excellent mentors. Because I want to pull all the strings of my art together. Because I grew up too poor to think of mfa debt as reasonable, and because anything you can pay someone $50k + to learn, you can teach yourself.