Marc Haefele Commentator, Off-Ramp

Off-Ramp commentator Marc Haefele.
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Marc Haefele is an arts, politics, and literature commentator for KPCC's Off Ramp.

Haefele was a staff writer for LA Weekly, City News of Los Angeles, and the Morristown (NJ) Record. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Daily News, the Boston Review, Nomada de Buenos Aires and many other publications.

He cohosted the KPFK weekday morning drive time show in 1999-2000, and for the subsequent decade was city hall commentator for KPCC.

In the later 60s and early 70s, Haefele worked for Random House, then Doubleday publishers in New York, where his writers included Philip K. Dick, Steven King, Tom Disch, Marge Piercy, Kate Millett and Josephine Saxton. While at LA Weekly, he won the LA Press Club's Best Column award. He has shared Golden Mikes with his KPCC colleagues.

He has an M.A. in history from NYU and Cal State Los Angeles.

Haefele lives in Santa Monica.


Stories by Marc Haefele

Joe Goode: The Milk Bottle and the Infinite (Review)

"There is a good deal more here that shows us how Goode keeps returning, and keeps progressing, as he enters his eighties, painting strong. Staying ahead of us."

REVIEW: 'Composer’s Cut' of 'Tales of Hoffmann' soars at LA Opera

Offenbach died before completing "Tales of Hoffmann." But this is as close to a Composer’s Cut of this problematic masterpiece as we are likely ever to hear.

Razing LAPD's Parker Center: A glass house that wasn't transparent

Proust wrote that there is no such thing as a beautiful prison. And so it is with Parker Center. It exactly represents a miserable policing policy that twice in 27 years caused the policed population to rise up and burn the city.

'No Justice, No Peace’ -- California African American Museum recalls Rodney King Riots

The evening of the Rodney King verdict of April 29 seemed baleful, overcast with clouds of ambient anger. There was a powerful sense of something gone very wrong.

Jean Dubuffet - at the Hammer - more pioneering than those other guys

As the 1900s closed, Jean Dubuffet's work was occluded by the likes of Pollack, De Kooning, and Rothko. They retain their pioneering prominence in the public eye, but he was more pioneer than they.

REVIEW: LA Opera's 'Abduction from the Seraglio' more fun than it needs to be

The audience for LA Opera’s “Abduction from the Seraglio’’ had been treated to a perfect, yet not-overly-familiar, necklace of Mozart arias and ensembles. It was a great night for our local opera company. And yet…

East meets West in more ways than one in a LACMA exhibit at Vincent Price Art Museum

They’re just … pots, and there’s something so pleasing about a good display of perfect ceramic pots … simple, useful, and strikingly beautiful.

LA art power couple the Stussys blurred line between human, animal

A moving, transcendent exhibit at an obscure gallery by an L.A. art power couple: the art of Maxine Kim and Jan Stussy sits on a mysterious median. Its figures cry in the language of humanity, but its embodiments are far from human.

'Breaking News': Art confronts media failings at Getty

"Breaking News" at the Getty shows, relentlessly, how easily and often newspeople fail in the simple, but immense task of conveying what is actually going on in the world.

UPDATE: LACMA amends 'celebration' of Protestant Reformation to include Luther's anti-Semitism

The art the Reformation inspired is glorious, and LACMA's show is a mighty production, but Luther was the most prominent anti-Semite of the 1500's, and inspired the centuries of bigotry against Jewish people that culminated in Hitler.

Lichtenstein exhibit pops into the Skirball

Roy Lichtenstein very well might have seen himself as a great artist who was also commercial. Just like his key inspiration, the humble, stirring comics of his youth.

REVIEW: PMCA squeezes 840 miles of California's coast into one exhibit

California’s coast stretches 840 miles, encompassing breathtaking vistas, beautiful people ... and factories, cement mills, oil wells, and canneries. It’s never been captured in one art exhibit, until now at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Review: Helen Frankenthaler (at Gagosian Gallery) danced with Travolta, painted with beauty

Frankenthaler often used the word “beautiful” to describe her works. And, often, they are, but in a hard-won way that belies critics who saw the attractiveness of her paintings as a kind of softness.

Review: The ghosts of geese in the Getty's 'Real/Ideal' photo exhibit

Here's a rare and sweeping picture-window view of fast-evolving France of the 1850s in intimate detail, accomplished by some of the greatest photographers of that time.

Review: 'Haunted House Party' at Getty Villa a 'fizzy cocktail of ancient and new'

The Greeks of the classical period probes deep into the human predicament. Roman comedy probes deep into fart jokes; the funny side of prostitution; gross sexual allusions, and pure slapstick.