What is The Drunken Taoist?

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The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast by writer/martial artist/college professor/whatever-label-you-feel-like-adding Daniele Bolelli. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes the infamous Bolelli rants and verbal Tai Chi with co-host Rich Evirs.

In terms of topics covered by the show, the common thread is whatever makes life intense, passionate and worth living. Anything that meets this requirement is fair game—regardless of whether the starting point is religion, politics, sex, martial arts, philosophy, history, or any other specific field.

Episode 67 - Jake Ducey

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Episode:

  • "School wasn’t conducive to my learning"
  • Dropping out of school after three semesters in order to travel and write a bestseller
  • Blasphemy about breast size
  • "Agism"
  • Sometimes when you age, you get wiser. Sometimes, you just get older and beaten by life
  • Youthful enthusiasm over smart cynicism any day
  • Depression regardless of economic status
  • Violins in the subway
  • A crisis of inspiration and happiness
  • Give the world to young people. You’ve fucked it up enough already. Get out of the way
  • Ikkyu and the certificate of enlightenment
  • Strategies for figuring out what you want out of life
  • The illusion of postponing happiness
  • Why facing the most dreadful fears reduces fear
  • You can be overwhelmed by the Cosmic Joke or find a way to enjoy it
  • The illusion that if you are really busy then your life must be meaningful
  • Giving oneself time to 'arrive' wherever you are: micro-meditations
  • Begin changing your immediate surroundings
  • Tim Leary about creating a life reflecting the person you want to be
  • Buddha had nothing, but he was still Buddha
  • Meditation and exercise
  • Fake it 'til you make it
  • Jake has a great time in jail
  • "Who you are speaks so loud I can't hear what you say"
  • Failing over and over again
  • Jake drops some Bob Marley knowledge
  • Gandhi was—apparently—a hypocritical ass
  • Shooting for the stars of external achievement, while remembering that success is not external

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