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

Review: Marisa Merz at the Hammer

“The Sky is a Great Space” fills the Hammer gallery from floor to ceiling. It draws you in and sneaks up on you. Look back over your shoulder: there is the unexpected, staring down at you.

REVIEW: At the Norton Simon, she brought modern art to Los Angeles

In 1915, painter Alexei Jawlensky nick-named aspiring young artist Emilie Esther Scheyer “Galka,” Russian for “jackdaw.” Like her namesake, she spent her life surrounding herself with beautiful things and the people who made them.

In PMCA's 'Golden Twenties,' Joseph Kleitsch documents Laguna's allure

He spent 10 years painting here after leaving Europe, then Chicago, and Kleitsch's sudden death in 1931 leaves you wondering what he might soon have become.

Review: Getty Center's 'immensely enlarged snapshots' of 300 years ago

It's amazing that nobody has ever done an exhibit of what amounts to the most spectacular pictures of an entire century, granting us immensely enlarged snapshots from 300 years in the past.

REVIEW: Bring your magnifying glass for Dean Byington's new show at Kohn Gallery

What does this immense, immaculate swath of thwarted representation actually represent? Trying to answer that question bears heavily on your mind. And that’s a worthwhile experience.

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.