Because poetry, dancing, activism, storytelling, and hope all come together so beautifully in Janelle Monáe's linked musical sequences. Because of the footwork in Tightrope and the anti-establishment vision of Q.U.E.E.N. Because I'm about to start teaching again, and I'm reminded that my students look to (liberatory) pop culture to teach them to resist the negative messages that (repressive) pop culture sends. Because the assimilationist focus of the contemporary GLBT movement is limiting and privilege-bound. Because I'm interested in art that sends a message without feeling didactic. Because if I hear or see Blurred Lines one more time, I'm going to scream. Because criticizing culture isn't as interesting as making it new.