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

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."

You won't need Starbucks to keep you awake at the LA Opera's 'Moby Dick'

This is 21st century opera, folks, with diverse but harmonically enticing tunes that invoke Britten, Puccini, Wagner, Glass and even Sondheim, plus generic, late-model film music.

1800s watercolors at Getty Villa show an undiscovered ancient Greece

A new show at the Getty Villa shows the Greece of 200 years ago — an ancient, empty, alien landscape of a long lost civilization, fallen into a ruin of broken columns and shattered pediments.

The DWP's 'binary star' relationship with the city of Los Angeles

The DWP and the city are like a binary star system. They rotate around one another rather than working in sync.

New Objectivity show at LACMA as scary as any Wes Craven movie

‘’I told myself,’’ German artist Otto Dix said, ‘‘that life is not colorful at all. It is much darker, quieter in its tonality, much simpler. I wanted to depict things as they really are."

Skirball Center's exhibit on Japanese internment goes beyond Ansel Adams photos

Billed as “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams,” the show is actually far more comprehensive than its title implies, including works by three photographers and a sketch artist.

Power, pathos, and a punch-drunk boxer: Meet the bronze people at The Getty Center

The greatness of most of these pieces is their molding into forever the rages, delights, and puzzlements of a period so far gone from us. And yet as close as Irv the punch-drunk boxer.

LA poetry ambassador Suzanne Lummis on what makes bad poems bad

Suzanne Lummis, one of Los Angeles' most venerated poets, has two new books this year. Marc Haefele talked to her about L.A. poets, Philip Levine and what makes a bad poem bad.