Whoa. Check out Ethan Hawke! My main man! It’s funny the paths life can take sometimes, you know? When I moved to New York City almost seven years ago, I thought to myself, Well, this is it. I’m done. I am going to die here, in the greatest city on Earth. I love it here and nothing will ever make me want to leave. And then, when I moved away from New York City this past fall I realized, oh, wait, no, you really never know what is going to happen next. It is impossible to predict what you are going to want in three years from now, much less five or ten or one hundred or one thousand. (Oh, P.S. the other thing I realized is that thinking I was going to die in New York was crazy because I am never going to die.) There was an interesting article in the New York TImes last month about this particular effect. Basically, we are currently the accumulation of all of our experiences and desires and interests and whatever, and we recognize that those have changed over time, but that is where our imagination stops, and most people (falsely) expect that they will continue to just be the same person in the future, even though they will continue to be lots of different people over their lifetimes, just as they have been so far. So let’s all just enjoy what we have right now, and not even spend too much energy worrying about what we think we are going to wish we had later. What I’m trying to say is that Ethan Hawke probably never even saw this coming, but now here he is, and he’s making the most of it. One day you’re a flannel-wearing, late-90s heartthrob, the next day you are a transsexual Nazi hunter or whatever that Sean Penn movie that turned out to look surprisingly good was about. And the best part is, Ethan looks great doing it. Just bein’ Ethan! (I call him Ethan now.) High fives to all our former, current, and future selves!

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Comments (31)
  1. ‘Click through to enlarge.’ I’m all set, thanks!

  2. This is what Guy Fieri would look like if he’d cut back on the Donkey Sauce.

  3. Something something helluva drug…

  4. Someone needs to have a Chattaca with this guy. #topical

  5. Not pictured: the anarchy symbol drawn on the back of his jacket.

  6. Is he playing Scott Weiland in a terrible new biopic?

  7. I was going to post that picture of him from Hamlet 2000 where he’s dressed like a Spin Doctor, wandering around a Blockbuster giving the “To Be Or Not To Be” soliloquy to prove that he’s never EVER been cute, but this quote from the Grey Lady is so much more entertaining…

    When asked about their favorite band from a decade ago, respondents were typically willing to shell out $80 to attend a concert of the band today. But when they were asked about their current favorite band and how much they would be willing to spend to see the band’s concert in 10 years, the price went up to $129. Even though they realized that favorites from a decade ago like Creed or the Dixie Chicks have lost some of their luster, they apparently expect Coldplay and Rihanna to blaze on forever.

    This article itself and this very quote are just one of many that I have read in the past two years or so that honestly has me wondering if the New York Times has always been terrible and I was too young to notice or did the quality of their writing really take a significant plunge? Was it because of the paywall and basic need to move to Internet-ad traffic so they do garbage hate reads on the fast… or has it actually always been this bad??? I stay up at night wondering about it.

    This being said, the idea of someone telling a NYT reporter that Coldplay will “blaze on forever” is my new favorite mental image of all time.

  8. Hey, looks like Ethan Hawke is starring in a new movie. Roots.


  9. I had Great Expectations for how the heartthrobs of my teen years would age, but Reality Bites.

  10. There’s something SINISTER about his new ‘do, and WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU makes you stronger and all that, but I’d be BROOKLYN’S FINEST if I could SEARCH AND DESTROY what exactly it is BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET, and BFORE MIDNIGHT BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD DAYBREAKERS

  11. No high-fives for MY former self… I’m constantly annoyed at that guy for wasting his time reading VideoGum when he was supposed to be getting stuff done.

  12. Ethan Hawke is Mark McGrath in Sugar Ray DEATH!

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