In the Critics this week

Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, Marilyn Monroe and Condoleezza Rice.

This week's Critic At Large is the author and critic Sarah Churchwell, who explores how we refuse to acknowledge Marilyn Monroe's artistic achievments: "The great battle of Marilyn's life wasn't her struggle against drugs, alcohol, depression or loneliness ... It was her quest for respect, which we still refuse to grant her."

Tony Blair's chief of staff between 1995 and 2007 Jonathan Powell reviews No Higher Honour: a Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice. Powell describes the memoir as a "diplomatic tour d'horizon, a canter round the world as Rice rushes from one event to another."

The Books interview is with English historian David Kynaston, who talks to Jonathan Derbyshire about the new abridged edition of hsi book City of London: the History. Asked if the way the City used to work could have prevented the crash of 2008, Kynaston said that "face-to-face dealing is better in terms of trust than screen-based dealing. Now, the whole thing has become so much more remote."

Elsewhere in Books: Amanda Craig reviews P D James's Death Comes to Pemberley, Chris Mullin reviews Ken Livingstone's memoirs and Leo Robson dissects Richard Bradford's biography of Martin Amis.

Also in the Critics: Ryan Gilbey reviews Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights, Rachel Cooke on Ricky Gervais's new show and Maya Jaggi reports from the Athens biennale. Plus: Thomas Calvocoressi on the National Gallery's Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, Will Self's Madness of Crowds and a poem, "Diver", by David Harsent.

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SRSLY #8: Graphic Teens

We talk Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marvel's Agent Carter, and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis.

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On Diary of a Teenage Girl:

Here is Barbara Speed's piece about the film and its approach to sexuality.

She has also written in more detail about the controversy surrounding its 18 certificate.

We really liked June Eric-Udorie's piece about the film for the Independent.


On Agent Carter:

You can find all the episodes and more info here.

Caroline has written about Agent Carter and female invisiblity here.

This is also quite a perceptive review of the series.

Make sure you read this excellent piece about the real-life Peggy Carters.


On Persepolis:

Get the book!

You can see the trailer for the film adaptation here:

Three great interviews with Marjane Satrapi.


For next week:

Caroline is watching The Falling. The trailer:


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PS If you missed #7, check it out here.

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

Anna Leszkiewicz is the New Statesman's editorial assistant. She tweets at @annaleszkie.