Upon my move to New York City ten years ago, I began to think deeply about my experience growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how It was shaped by the suburban environment in which I grew up. I began to look at my new, urban home as an obstacle course for someone afraid of germs. I asked myself, how I would have reacted to the close quarters, sharing germs in the subway car, or stepping on gum in the street? Although many of my fears and obsessions about germs have abated over the years and moved on to attack other things, I cannot forget how difficult it was when all I wanted to do--get a kiss from the girl I liked--was what I was most afraid of in the world. Thus the idea for Clean was born, looking at this disorder through the eyes of a young boy navigating an oppressive city while still experiencing the familiar pains of growing up.