There's a small article in the Spring 2015 Royal Academy magazine about new books encouraging artists (and I would say anyone) to play. As my practice has a strong element of process-led experimentation this subject interests me. The new books mentioned are Time to Play by Katarzyna Zimna - an art theory book, Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson, and some very practical ones Unlearning to Draw by Peter Jenny and Akademie X - lessons in art and life. The one I think i'll look up first is The Process by Judith and Richard Wilde who've built a foundation course around ideas of play in art.
I like the writing of the guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman a lot and especailly how he bering to the mainstream latest psychological research findings. Last weekend he explored the theme of ambivalence, its good and bad points and it's difference from "don't know". This is a theme I explore in my work - especially in the ongoing collaboration with poet and psychotherapist Elaine Randell e.g. In Her Caravan. Here's a link to the article & on twitter he's @oliverburkeman).
In January I was lucky to get a ticket for Werner Herzog's recent conversation with Paul Holdengraber in London - the atmosphere was electric and like going to a gig. From Death Row to Romanticism the talk was in-depth and inspiring as Paul's a great interviewer and brings in much humour as they've talked together publicly many times before. (Indeed Paul's podcast interviews from the New York Public Library are well worth a listen - I've started with Mike Tyson! http://www.nypl.org/node/121031)
I've watched some Herzog before (Grizzly Man - I'm always fascinated by stuff looking at our changing collective and individual relationship with nature and animals) - and am now catching up on what else I've missed. This will be helped by the hefty tome of A Guide to the Perplexed - by another Paul, Paul Cronin in conversation with Herzog - just out in hardback by Faber and Faber.