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

Wallace Hume Carothers and the tragic backstory of the inventor of nylon

At the moment of his triumph, Carothers succumbed to depression and alcoholism, and killed himself. Maybe that's why his career has been largely ignored.

The fate of downtown's Grand Central Market

It may have been offering Bristol Farms quality, but you had to walk past the eyebrow-braider and the derelict empanada stand to get there. Young hipsters don't like to do that sort of thing these days.

On the QT, Haefele lets go on 'Django Unchained'

The pity of it is you feel Tarantino, at the top of his form, is up to making the Great American Slavery Movie. If only he weren't more interested in just having his own kind of fun.

Haefele says 'Bah, humbug!' to Renaissance skeptics

Florence was a city with a rule of law in which the humble could rise, and where, at least in this era, privilege did not dictate nor tyrants terrorize. Maybe the Renaissance began here just because it was the city with the biggest heart.

Marc Haefele at former LA City Councilman Art Snyder's funeral

"Sometimes his guiding hand felt like a boot in my butt," said his brother Patrick, "but his influence was always positive."

Marc Haefele on Philip K. Dick's mental maelstroms

Philip K. Dick dedicated 40 novels and hundreds of short stories to the proposition that we cannot trust what we see, know who we are, or even know if our everyday world truly exists.

Green Book guided black drivers in Jim Crow era

Dr. Foster was a black man on his way to LA. He'd just left the South, but not segregation, and as one sympathetic motel owner told him, "If we let you in, all the other motel owners would ostracize us."

Sounds like LA: "The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection"

I looked back into the Villa's central courtyard. Among brightlit Pompeian pillars, we happy Angelini disported ourselves over good wine, food and music. As as blissed, one imagines, as any gathering of the original Pompeiians in the original villa might have been on a similar kindly summer night, 1,933 years ago, just before their friendly old mountain went nuclear.

Charles Fierro: in-training for Hindemith concert Sep 22

Hale and fit for his age, pianist Charles Fierro has long been very serious hiker. It's almost as if he's in training for what could be his life's major musical accomplishment.

Marc Haefele on working with Philip K. Dick

David Dufty has written "How to Build an Android." Of all the many strange books about Phil Dick that have appeared since his death, it is perhaps the strangest.

Marc Haefele, Philip K. Dick editor, reviews "How to Build an Android"

Marc Haefele review's David Dufty's "How to Build an Android," then tells us about editing three of Philip K. Dick's 1960s sci-fi novels.

RIP Alexander Cockburn, 1941-2012

Marc Haefele writes: If you were a young leftist writing in the 1970s, the late Alexander Cockburn set your political signposts.

Beating the Buzz - Santa Monica's airport noise plans

I like little planes. Those practice flights are partly responsible for the big drop in air fatalities over the past decade or so. But I'm in a tiny minority.

Marc Haefele reviews Getty's Gustav Klimt exhibit

The Getty is celebrating Gustav Klimt's 150th birthday with the first major museum exhibition to focus on the artist's drawings. Marc Haefele reviews.

Haefele on Ephron: "all those lines you would never forget"

Haefele on Ephron: "She was a friend in the sense that she was there writing things you wanted to read for most of your life.