#373: Matthew Gasda
Duraflame, Raw Milk, Fernet Branca (Neat), and more.
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Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Matthew Gasda to share a taste of his taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Matthew Gasda is a New York City-based director, and writer with over a dozen plays and a handful of novels (such as 2020’s The Blue Period) under his belt. He’s best known for his most recent play, DIMES SQUARE, which opened in a loft in Greenpoint and became an underground hit for it’s coke-filled depiction of the downtown scene we hate to love & love to hate. If you missed the play’s limited run earlier this year, it’s available in paperback along with some of his other work. His new play, ZOOMERS, just premiered at the The Brooklyn Center for Theater Research (which he also runs) and will run through November, you can find more info here. He also has a great Substack where he shares his private (public) diary. Lucky for us, Matthew is here to tell us what he’s been into.
Without further ado
I recently moved into a small studio uptown that has a working fireplace. There’s nothing like a DURAFLAME after a long day of work. You just light the paper coating on fire and Boom, you’ve got yourself a semi real fire.
I’m a writer and my back often hurts from being hunched over the writing machine. This is where the back roller comes in. Couple rolls and your vertebrae pop back into place. It’s good to avoid chronic pain. There are also a couple to stretches I do to that end too.
🐕 MY DOG LEO
Not technically for sale. And technically my family’s dog. However, Leo is a friend to all mankind. When I go home to Pennsylvania, he whips around the backyard to celebrate my return. I recommend everyone’s parents get a celebration Morkie (Maltese Yorkie.)
🥛 RAW MILK
I would recommend my raw milk co-op but it’s illegal so I’ll keep it off the internet. This Lindy food is nourishing and delicious. My delivery comes every Wednesday. Raw butter on sourdough, kefir, and the cream is great with coffee. My delivery guy Ahmed is one of my oldest friends in New York and is a universally beloved figure to those who know him.
🍸 FERNET BRANCA NEAT
Too obvious? That’s ok because Fernet is a godly drink. I’ve been drinking it since about eight years ago when my sister and I lived on the same block in bedStuy and we’d split most of a bottle on Sunday nights. She worked in the service industry then, where it was popular. It’s very hard to get a hangover from Fernet, which is highly herbal, unless you go absolutely ham. It’s also a good hangover cure in coffee. Pairs well with living your life.
Bonus recommendation for paid subs from Matthew below! 💍 📖 ???
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