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

Groundbreaking artist Claire Falkenstein's infinite appeal seen in 2 new shows

Twenty years after her death, there are, amazingly enough, two generous shows of Falkenstein’s work going on in LA County. And there's always St Basil's on Wilshire Boulevard.

Curation makes Getty mosaic exhibit rock solid

As soon as mankind invented walled and roofed dwellings, men and women wanted to cover the walls and floors of their homes and palaces with beautiful pictures of their favorite stories.

Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, the Getty and me

Marc Haefele reviews Patti Smith's performance at The Getty -- her late former lover Robert Mapplethorpe as background -- and remembers the favor she asked years ago.

How milk bottles and snow made Joe Goode's career

“Duchamp to Pop,” at the Norton Simon Museum, pays tribute to two landmark shows held in Pasadena in the 1960s. Artist Joe Goode was there — and he's still painting.

Veteran journalist on working in newspapers: 'I'm dyin' here'

Marc Haefele reviews “I’m Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper,” by Tim Grobaty, "the only writer on a newspaper allowed, encouraged even, to bloviate on any topic at hand.’’

Meet Milton Avery, America's 'most famous unknown artist'

Milton Avery (1885-1965) was so good at color, he wowed Rothko. But he’s been criminally underrepresented in local museums. Until now.

New Hilbert Museum's ambitious goal: Represent all California art in last 100 years

In an unpretentious part of Orange’s Old Town is a brand new art museum. The Hilbert aims to represent all California art from the last 100 years. Right now, it's focusing on a genre called California Scene Painting.

Black Mountain: The tiny arts school that spawned giants

For nearly a quarter century, Black Mountain College was the vortex of the Lively American Arts. And a new show at the Hammer takes you there.

Review: LA Opera turns 'The Magic Flute' into Mickey Mozart

Marc Haefele says the singing is great, but turning one of the greatest operas of all time into a full-length, live animated feature doesn't work.

Chicano Movement leader Jose Montoya's art gets a show at UCLA

"[My father] would lament that he was a lazy farm worker, but I say thank goodness, because he was reflecting and chronicling and 82 years later giving us this abundant harvest."

Artist Robert Cremean takes on conformity in new show at PMCA

Artist Robert Cremean's new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art takes off from the myth of Procrustes, a hotelier who lopped off his guests' limbs to fit the bed. Don't even ask about turn-down service.

Getty Center's 'Woven Gold' centers on Louis XIV's tapestry masterpieces

Tapestries are what we too often hurry past in a museum to get to the paintings. But in the past, these woven masterpieces seemed at least as important to the ruling elites as anything on canvas.

'The Long Christmas Dinner': An opera for before, not during, your feast

Marc Haefele reviews the first English recording of the short opera "The Long Christmas Dinner," by Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder.

LA Opera's 'Norma' is a musical triumph for the ears, not the eyes

Off-Ramp commentator Marc Haefele reviews the L.A. Opera's production of Norma: "If only the production had been as pleasant to look at as it was to hear!"

Philip K. Dick's editor praises Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle"

In Philip K Dick's books, Ursula Le Guin wrote, "there are no heroes ... but there are heroics … what counts is the honesty, constancy, kindness and patience of ordinary people."