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

Remembering Daniel Pearl: Journalist, violinist

Daniel Pearl, the martyred journalist, is being remembered by thousands of concerts around the world, and one of them is Sunday in Santa Monica

New exhibit rediscovers a lost generation of San Francisco artists

Jess, Duncan, and their circle feel like an all-embracing family you never got to meet — and you can’t stop wishing you’d been a part of it.

World's oldest play, 'Persians,' has message for today

Aeschylus' message from 2,500 years ago to the 21st Century: "Indulging in pointless wars can destroy even the greatest nation.”

Frank O’Hara’s 'Lunch Poems' turn 50

"I drove home just too late to pick up some dinner, and so had a small tomato for supper, which tasted very good, incredible, in fact, because I was tasting it with Frank O’Hara’s tongue."

New galleries highlight 'whippersnapper' part of the Huntington

"More American Art" is a great way to christen tons of new gallery space and show that the Huntington isn't just "The Blue Boy."

Getty mounts Minor White photography exhibit

The first White retrospective in 25 years opens the photog's work in two directions: his early Oregon past and the homoerotic realm he tried to keep hidden.

'Dr. Zhivago' backstory: Soviet repression and an author's torment

Marc Haefele reviews "The Zhivago Affair," which tells how Boris Pasternak chose his fate and then suffered for his art.

James Ensor's 'scandalous art' on display at the Getty

Of all the artists of over a century ago, James Ensor would probably have done best in Zap Comix. Much of his work is rooted in obscenities akin S. Clay Wilson's and R. Crumb’s.

New exhibit at LACMA: The Nazis and Soviets couldn't kill Expressionism

LACMA has just opened one of the most impressive displays of 20th Century European painting in its history. It’s about the Expressionists, and how they got that way.

San Diego Opera gets new life from old hand

Marc Haefele on the appointment of Chicago Lyric Opera impresario William Mason to run beleaguered Sam Diego Opera.

PST LA/LA: From Latino to Latin American ... What does it mean?

The Getty’s latest Pacific Standard Time, focusing on Greater Latin American culture, is a huge step in the right direction. But it's possible many people in those nations don’t care.

2 LA-area art shows you should check out this week

Ezra Jack Keats and June Wayne are two artists with parallel backgrounds who evolved very differently. Both are the subjects of LA area shows worth seeing.

Rediscovering artist Channing Peake—rodeo winner, rancher, and friend of Picasso

“I have done everything I wanted to do, and sometimes twice,” artist Channing Peake said. He died 25 years ago and Marc Haefele says it's time to give him another look.

Remembering Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s acting — and his violin sonata

Then I surprised him by asking him about his musical career. “I heard your violin sonata on the radio last year. I really liked it.”

New hope for the supposedly shuttered San Diego Opera

Marc Haefele reports that not only are fans of the San Diego Opera rallying to keep it from closing, but that the decision to close the company may have been made unlawfully.