So I posted a news item on Whedonesque.com (tv/filmmaker Joss Whedon’s fan site) about a new Serenity statue coming out. It is a small sculpture of the Serenity character River standing over some foes. The first comment submitted by readers of Whedonesque came from none other than Joss Whedon himself. (Scary and cool how often he visits his own site!) He wrote: “My life is complete. Except for the other things I want.” Most people who subsequently saw his comment and added their own comment seemed to take Joss’ comment at face value — as meaning that he’d always wanted a statue of his latest favorite-female-fighter River, and now he’d have one. But I didn’t read it that way at all. I took it as a sarcastic statement about how materialism provides empty experiences that leave you wanting (hence his “except for the other things I want”). Who is right? I don’t know. But I suspect the people who take things at face value are happier.