Hours Stolen Back From Them began as a scheme for surviving captivity and brainwashing. Anyone who has felt ripped-off and furious, maybe wanted to smash a few things but couldnt, this piece is for you. Everything about it is stolen. First I stole time by drawing when I was supposed to be participating in the Teaching and Learning Academy, a compulsory form of indoctrination for college professors. The materials were found or pinched. I copied the idea, and took the image from a website about model ships. I stole back some of my self-respect and my autonomy. Kleptomania is defined as an obsessive urge to steal, especially when there is no economic necessity, to which I would add the possibility of stealing for fun, for catharsis, for revenge, for escapism and out of sheer wrong-headedness. Its not about what you steal, its about getting something back to replace what was stolen from you.