Unstructured Podcast – Episode 018 – Daniele Bolelli: Host of History on Fire and The Drunken Taoist
Daniele Bolelli is an Italian-American writer, university professor and martial artist. He is also the host of the popular podcasts History on Fire and The Drunken Taoist that are both based out of Southern California. Daniele joins Eric Hunley to chat about his life in Italy, Conan the Barbarian and the concept of religion. We also talk about the process he went through as he created one of the most popular history podcasts, in podcasting today. Bolelli rose to greater public prominence during the 2010s, this primarily began with his appearances on popular podcasts such as The Joe Rogan Experience.
He has taught a wide variety of courses in the arts, humanities as a Professor. As well as social sciences on topics which include Native American history and culture, Taoist philosophy, and the study of Ancient Rome. He teaches at CSULB and Santa Monica College.
Dan B's writing
Daniele's first solo book, “La Tenera Arte del Guerriero,” was published when he was 22 years old. The book is a philosophical exploration of the martial arts, that would go on to become a cult classic in Italy. It's popularity would even move beyond the confines of it's early martial arts circles. His book was then later published in the United States with the inclusion of three additional chapters, and it would then be released under the title On the Warrior’s Path. Two more chapters were also later added to the second edition of “On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology,“ which was then published in 2008.
He would later also go on to write a book about comparative religions that was published in Italy under the title iGod: Istruzioni per l’Uso di una Religione Fai da Te. It was later published in the United States in 2013, under the title Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book Without Instructions.
Bolelli’s third book, 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Religion, was published in the United States in 2011. Some of the most influential thinkers to have affected Daniele's world view include Tom Robbins, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ikkyu Sojun, Thomas Paine, Henry David Thoreau, Lao Tzu, and Heraclitus.
His forth book, “Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting.” It's a personal story of how Danielle would in rapid succession have his wife Elizabeth die in his arms and then lose his house and his job. He would also then have to face caring and raising his 19-month old daughter Isabella.