Sunday, October 11, 2009

Athens / SpongeBob

I've been reading this, The Athenian Institution of the Khoregia, by Peter Wilson, both for interest and research. It has a vast amount of information about ancient Athenian theatre, presented in such detail I'd have difficulty finding it anywhere else. I'm now stuffed full of facts about Sophocles and Aristophanes. It's an excellent historical work. But it is a little dry. I can only manage so much at a time.

When my head starts to hurt from Athenian theatre research, I slump on the couch and watch SpongeBob. I just saw an episode called Wigstruck. (I can't believe I actually know the title of an episode) It made me laugh, quite a lot. SpongeBob is on Nickelodeon, but I think it may be wasted on the young. Possibly you have to be advancing in years, defeated by life, wearied by toil, to fully appreciate Spongebob.

About 2 a.m., still suffering from complicated ancient Greek theatre research, I'm reading some online newspapers. I look at some reports from fashion shows. I generally like pictures of fashion, despite being the scruffy sort of person who gets followed round supermarkets by suspicious security guards. Unfortunately I'm useless at writing about clothes. I find writing a description of any item of clothing completely impossible. I regret this. I'd like to be able to give a neat little description of a dress, but it's not one of my strong points.

In amongst a lot of interesting and elegant apparel I notice this, from Milan, by Dsquared2. Nice transparent coat. Though it's possible - there is a slight chance - that I'm more impressed by the model than the coat. Well, it is 2 a.m. Actually, with her yellow bikini and brown hair, she's not a bad match for SpongeBob. She'd cheer me up at two in the morning, no doubt, were she knock on my door, maybe looking for directions, having taken the wrong turn on her way to a fashion show.

"Welcome to my shabby part of South London. Would you like some tea? Nice coat. Nice shoes too."

But this is not really likely to happen. I return to my Athenian research. Hmm. I must get out more.


  1. You should blog at 2 am more often. Reading this just about killed me. :)

  2. Perhaps you might like to try this as an alternative / additional source for research. It has classical ladies in bikinis, (although I don't recall any of them having see-through coats on.)

  3. I think that Spongebob is one of the best cartoons of the last years! absolutely not for children! :-D I suggest you the episode : the two faces of Squidward!

  4. What with your descriptions of the fashion world in The Lonely Werewolf Girl, I would never have believed you were at lost for words as far as clothes were concerned.

  5. Sammi7:55 pm

    Stranger things have happened than a transparent-coated model in stilettos knocking at your door hoping for tea and directions at 2 a.m., I'm sure! That is a nice coat, but not very practical, really. You could hardly walk to work down a bustling street in the freezing wind wearing such a coat. However, for light tropical rain showers in hot countries it's probably ideal.

  6. Misty, I'm glad it entertained you.

    Marjorie, thanks for the link. That looks like a good book and I'm going to buy it.

  7. Bea, I don't hink I've seen that episode. I'll look out for it. Spongebob is one of the best cartoons!

    Spacedlaw, it's sad but true that I'm bad at describing clothes. I don't know why, but it usually defeats me.

  8. Sammi, I was thinking myself that the coat wouldn't be that practical in the city. You'd certainly get a lot of attention. Too much probably.

    I'm not certain that stranger things have happened to me than a model like that knocking on my door at 2 AM.... hmm, maybe they have...

  9. Well that is a great fantasy to have, especially when trying to digest dry material, te mind does wonder.