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
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.
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.
Marc Haefele on the appointment of Chicago Lyric Opera impresario William Mason to run beleaguered Sam Diego Opera.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
A reading list on Byzantium, fiction and non-fiction, to go with the Getty Center and Getty Villa's blockbuster Byzantium exhibits.
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.
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.
"They didn’t just come to enjoy the great music. They came to share love."
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.
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."
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.