Marc Haefele Commentator, Off-Ramp
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
Marc Haefele reviews the LA Opera production of "Billy Budd," an unfinished work by Melville turned into a sprawling opera by Benjamin Britten in 1951.
We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."
We have our iPhones. Queen Victoria never learned to use a camera, but she had every important photographer in the realm on-call. Same result, though: a whole lot of pictures.
"I never had the courage to thank Sid Caesar for keeping my dysfunctional family somewhat functional."
One of the L.A. Opera's proudest accomplishments has finally gone on the record: Franz Schreker’s not-quite-forgotten masterpiece, “The Stigmatized.”
More than any other living architect, Moshe Safdie has tried to change the face of the inhabited world, and he’s done this on nearly every continent.
Some of Ramos Martínez’ most affecting scenes are spread over the pages of our own L.A. Times — which in the 1930s was editorially committed to deporting poor Mexican migrants.
It’s the most comprehensive Calder show in decades. Then why doesn’t the whole equal the sum of its parts? Because the LACMA exhibit feels caged by its own production values, says Marc Haefele.
Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.
In “Chatting With Henri Matisse,” we are lucky that the artist never followed his own advice: if you want to be a painter, the first thing you should do is cut out your tongue.
The Santa Monica Omelette Parlor closes tomorrow after some 35-years in business. Judge James Hahn is one of the last customers.
Volume 2 of Mark Twain's "Autobiography" isn't likely to sell as well as Volume 1, but it's a far more rewarding book.
Forty years ago, Egypt crossed the Suez Canal to begin a war that killed 27,000 people and left Israel fighting for its life. The key effect was the first OPEC oil embargo.
There’s just one problem with new Mayor Garcetti’s appointments to the city’s Board of Library Commissioners. Most of them have nothing to do with books. Or learning. Marc proposes his own board members.
900 years ago, if you were a European peasant or serf, you were almost certainly unable to read. But if you were expected to be a good Christian anyway—which meant knowing the basic stories and scriptures and characters of the bible—how did you manage? The answer has a lot to do with the art of the European Middle Ages.