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 61 - My Friend Pete McCormack: A Gentle Obsession

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Intro:

  • "Fuck pain. Fuck heartbreak. I'm still in love with life"
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Episode:

  • Pete McCormack is a fucking genius
  • Pete is my friend because he is afraid of what would happen to me if he wasn't
  • Daniele is a judgmental bastard
  • Pete is a polymath: writer, director, musician... you name it. It's about telling epic stories
  • Unless we create something beautiful, we don't deserve to live: Pete and I share the same psychosis
  • "Grinding it out until I don't hate myself"
  • No work, no school, no money, food magically appearing in your fridge, and all sweets are healthy: Iz for President
  • The Muses ride us hard
  • The art of slowing down and celebrating
  • Daniele and Pete are horrible human beings
  • Savannah Em is my favorite woman on earth
  • If I don't write something amazing tomorrow, I'll have to shoot myself
  • Fuck doing a PhD. The process to get there would kill my soul.
  • "Daniele Bolelli is not built for academia"
  • "Anyone who hires me as an accountant will eventually end up in prison"
  • Doing too much
  • A Gita reference that would make Duncan Trussell happy
  • The torture of squashing one's nature
  • Finding a ritual to center you
  • A gentle obsession
  • Why do some many artists end up badly?
  • More effective doing less
  • Owning the Warner Brothers' lot
  • I want a statue that all screenwriters will pray to before turning in their work
  • Why create anything?
  • Cuddling with Pete McCormack
  • More emphasis on fun & joy and less on achievement
  • Tesshu about one page at a time
  • Am I doing this to make my life more joyful?
  • Sports on Fire on HBO Canada
  • Gratitude
  • We shine more than we know
  • We don't care about true or false. We care about epic

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