I think you'll get a lot more out of the first one, since all I can think about upon seeing "how are anecdotes related to graphic design" is "Time to bullshit it".
For Spirituality, study renaissance art, some of the stuff the Old Masters did, and study stuff like Tryptics and altar pieces. Check out the Sistine Chapel for some real fun. Or, wtf was his name.. Bernini? Who the hell won the commission for some new church doors because he did them, and then actually replaced the old doors with the ones he created? I get the feeling that happened more than once. He was one of the more hated artists because he pulled shit like that.
--edit-- What are some good art history books to read.. My art history has gotten rusty.. VERY rusty..
Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
The usual staples for anatomy: