Matthew Sheahan

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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Cold Harsh Light of City Lights

The current guardians of our culture's literary estate need to have their throats cut.
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: How to Go Crazy Properly

Most of us lose our minds at one point or another, but almost always too slowly to register to the outside world....
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Hell Just Got Louder

RIP Jeff Hanneman, the revolutionary guitarist from Slayer....
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Great Immigration Scam

The truth is an amnesty plan will be bad for everyone but the wealthiest among us. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Getting More Women Killed For "Progress"

I don't oppose putting women in combat because I believe women are incapable, I oppose sending women into combat because I believe in civilization. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Loving Our Guns with Common Sense

Pro and anti-gun forces agree: way too many of the wrong people have easy access to guns, and something must be done about that. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Other Side of the "Demographic Dilemma"

The demographic argument is the one that is the most one-sided and simplistic, and fails to look at the entire picture of racial politics. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Brooklyn Nets Deserve to Fail

Never was there a more perfect illustration of government corruption, crony capitalism, racial pandering and ugly architecture in these five boroughs. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: A Glitch in Time

Technology is a wonderful thing, but it has helped neuter us as a people. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Legalize Prostitution Already

Want to find the nearest hooker that's certified disease-free and fits your budget? There will be an app for that. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Call of the American Road

Sure, one can ride the rails and see a good bit of America that way, but a car gives you the power of self determination and destiny that Americans habitually crave....
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Groupthink and Unfashionable Facts

The Trayvon Martin tragedy has sparked racial hysteria and groupthink typical of mainstream media....
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Notes From a Polite New Yorker: Multiculturalism as 21st Century McCarthyism

If you refuse to listen to opposing points of view, you risk turning your head into a useless echo chamber....
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Riding the Bus Like a Schmuck

No one would rightfully choose to take a bus when they can take a subway instead....
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: A Final Farewell to ZAK

You could say that the arrangements of ZAK's final resting place were made in PRT, or Punk Rock Time. ...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Commemorating September 11th, the Non-Bullshit Way

The Tunnel to Towers Run is a way to honor the heroes of September 11th, 2001 in a way that is positive and free of political exploitation....
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Graceland Too

Everyone who had been described it to me as a very weird experience that words could not do justice, and they were right. ...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Getting Gay for Marriage

As it is part of the government's responsibility to make sure all of its citizens are treated equally under the law, gay marriage is just. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Farewell to a Brilliant Jackass

Ryan Dunn of "Jackass" brought laughter to a generation that had grown cynical and helped change television for the better. ...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Vegas Baby! Part II

The Polite New Yorker explores Sin City...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Vegas, Baby! Part I

The Polite New Yorker explores Sin City...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: The Discontent of Our Winter

The New York City area got a big blizzard of snow beginning the night after Christmas. We haven't seen a day without snow on the ground since. ...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

There have been too many good times spent with the stuff, too many good memories forged with beer and whiskey to look upon them as anything but old friends. ...
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: Independent Pro Wrestling - Best Sport Ever

In New York, the independent pro wrestling show provides the best value for your sports dollar....
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Notes From a Polite New Yorker: Things To Do Before You Leave New York

New York attracts people from all over the world. They come to New York with a variety of dreams and ambitions. Many eventually leave. ...
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Notes From a Polite New Yorker: One Year On

It has been a year since the world lost Russell Lewis and Elizabeth Quilliam. Neither one was a blood relation, but I lost two members of a larger extended family. ...
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Sword Of Damocles

If you have a job today, you are lucky. If you can still afford your mortgage or the rent on your apartment, you are lucky. ...
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image Matthew Sheahan Matthew Sheahan is a writer who lives in New York City. He has been writing Notes from a Polite New Yorker since 2001. His work has appeared in The Black Table, Knot Magazine, GetUnderground.com, Too Square and other publications. He works as a financial writer and also writes short stories and poems. He is trying to get as much writing done as possible before he has to retreat to an armed bunker somewhere in Idaho or Montana.