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

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.

7 Byzantium books to read after visiting double Getty exhibits

A reading list on Byzantium, fiction and non-fiction, to go with the Getty Center and Getty Villa's blockbuster Byzantium exhibits.

Byzantium: Heaven and Earth and Constantinople, too—at both Gettys

At the Getty Center and Villa: What civilization lasted 1,100 years that hardly anyone thinks of as a civilization? Byzantium. And, they invented the fork.

LACMA architect Renzo Piano revamps Boston's Gardner Museum

The Gardner Museum got a $118 million renovation by architect Renzo Piano, who brought us the Resnick Pavilion and Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA.

San Diego Opera closing a dismal sign for the city

"They didn’t just come to enjoy the great music. They came to share love."

Eureka! Huntington opens Archimedes exhibit with old text and new puzzle

He ran naked through the streets yelling “Eureka.” He was the greatest thinker of ancient times. Now Archimedes is at the Huntington, with ancient wisdom and a new puzzle.

Pacifica Quartet in offbeat venue does Shostakovich proud

After a Clark Library performance, Marc Haefele writes, "I’ll die happy if I ever get to hear the rest of Shostakovich’s chamber music played like this."

Review: LA Opera's 'Billy Budd' hard to surpass

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.

Pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud tells his story in 2 SoCal exhibits

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."

Queen Victoria's private family photos on display in new Getty exhibit

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.

Marc Haefele: Sid Caesar saved my childhood

"I never had the courage to thank Sid Caesar for keeping my dysfunctional family somewhat functional."