Matthew Sheahan

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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Trust Me, I'm An Expert

Where we go wrong is putting blind faith in experts.
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Notes from a Polite New Yorker: A Yankee In New Orleans, Part II

Polite New Yorker continues his journey through New Orleans. ...
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Notes From a Polite New Yorker: Captive Audience

If you ride the New York City subways with any regularity, you will be subjected to appeals for alms, sermons and dance and musical recitals whether you want to or not......
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Notes From A Polite New Yorker: Built By Ruth, Destroyed By Greed

What is most tragic about this is that so many Yankee fans seem perfectly content to watch their history being pissed away so the Steinbrenners can pocket more cash at the city’s expense. ...
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Confession of an Upper Decker

NOTE: I received the article below from an author I respect who has asked to remain nameless. I offer this for publication so that the...
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Shady and the Atomic Star Monkey

They had had a rough trip; they weren't on speaking terms when they drove through Kansas. They cracked open a few beers. They combed their long hair over their faces, put on sunglasses and hats, and posed for a picture with my cat. It was a happy day....
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Vive le France

The French think Americans are ignorant and boorish. Americans think the French are effete snobs. We're both right....
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Profiling, Racial and Otherwise

The officers informed me and my fellow detainee that we fit the description of two assault suspects....
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This New Yorker Hits the Road, Part III

Banditos, bratwurst, and brushing off the retarded in Wisconsin's capitol....
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A San Francisco Christmas

After the third song, eXtreme Elvis burst from a large gift on a separate stage. He was wearing his usual white rhinestone-studded jumpsuit and a Santa hat. He orked his way around the bar singing various Elvis and holiday songs....
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Je Ne Regrette Rien

We moved in and out of clouds as the instructors discussed their location and altitude over the noise of the airplane. "We're over the airport now," said one of the instructors. "Get out."...
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Experts Agree: My Grandmother Is the Greatest

The name Mary Sheahan stands for selfless dedication to family....
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New York: Refuge from America's Celebrity Sickness

New York should be a refuge from America's sick obsession with celebrity....
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A New York Yankee in George Bush's America

It doesn't matter that tax dollars are going to politically connected contractors while military families starve and scrape; George W. Bush struts around in a flight suit and says he loves Jesus....
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Notes From a Polite New Yorker: A Funeral for ZAK

You would think that an East Village punk band with left-leaning politics would not be a welcome place for an 80-year-old devout Catholic, but you would be wrong....
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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.