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
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.
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.
Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.
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.
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's "Autobiography" isn't likely to sell as well as Volume 1, but it's a far more rewarding book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps we should best remember Pohl as the last of those fabulous science fiction geeks of the dismal 1930s, who focused their lives on trying to imagine the future we all live in today.
The exhibit leaves us to make up our own minds about the man who created the 50-year holy empire of the California missions. Serra does not come off well.
What an odd lot we were, the Lower Eastsiders who boarded a chartered train for Washington on August 28, 1963 … fifty years ago next Wednesday.
“The personal lives of American painters are tragic…and inevitable. And do not explain the artist,” said Sam Francis, who was as articulate with words as he was with ink and paint. But often, the work itself does.
100 years ago, Smith was a major American writer. Two of his novels were #1 bestsellers. Several were made into movies. Now no one knows the name ... watch out there, Steven King.