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

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."

CD Review: 'The Stigmatized,' a great moment in LA Opera history

One of the L.A. Opera's proudest accomplishments has finally gone on the record: Franz Schreker’s not-quite-forgotten masterpiece, “The Stigmatized.”

From huge to humble: Architect Moshe Safdie at the Skirball

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.

Subject of new PMCA exhibit was hiding in plain sight

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.

LACMA's Calder exhibit lacks the artist's panache, love of chaos

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.

PHOTOS: LA County Sheriffs through the years

Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.

Book Review: 'Chatting with Matisse' gives new insights into the artist's most crucial year

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.

Santa Monica's Omelette Parlor to close after more than 30 years

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 'Autobiography' a rewarding read

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.

What have we learned in the 40 years since the OPEC oil embargo?

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.

Haefele: Mayor Garcetti's library commission picks lack connection to, you know, books

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.

Getty Center preview: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

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.

Haefele: Sign the fracking bill, Governor. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

What if Monterey offers our state the biggest frack in the nation? Then it will be far harder to pass any fracking regulation. SB 4 is the law we can have now and that makes it a good law.