Today Is Jan. 15 — The Daily Mirror Sabbatical Begins (Updated)

As I wrote in 2014, this year I’m taking a sabbatical from blogging. The mystery photos will continue and Mary Mallory will be writing Hollywood Heights as usual. But the anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s death seemed to be an appropriate date to begin my year off from daily blogging.

As a reminder, I always prune my roses on Jan. 15 in memory of Elizabeth Short.

See you in a year.


April 15: Three months into the sabbatical, I can say that I’m making progress. I’m not terribly superstitious, but I don’t want to jinx myself so I won’t say too much more. I’m pleased with what I have, although it’s much different than what I expected. I’m tempted to post a sample. But not yet.

July 29: Elizabeth Short’s birthday seems to be an appropriate date to announce that after spending six months on the book, it clearly won’t be done in a year and that my sabbatical will have to continue. I like the progress that I have made, but at this point, it now seems premature to say when the sabbatical will end. Thanks for your patience and continued support.

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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37 Responses to Today Is Jan. 15 — The Daily Mirror Sabbatical Begins (Updated)

  1. Gretchen says:

    Break a leg, Larry — or perhaps “break a finger” would be a more fitting wish for a writer. I never ever get the mystery photos without help, but we’ll definitely keep reading.


  2. Bob says:

    All the best, Larry…good luck with the book!


  3. Anthony says:

    We will miss you Larry. At my age a year seems like a month anyway. See you in a month!


  4. kthursby says:

    Best of luck with the book Larry!


  5. Jerry Cronin says:

    I appreciate your work over the years. Enjoy your time off.


  6. Chrisbo says:

    Enjoy, and thanks for keeping the Mystery Photos going, but does this mean that The Making of Laura will not be concluding until your return?


    • lmharnisch says:

      I have four or five more “Laura” posts in reserve that I thought I would keep until next year…. It would take me until February or possibly March to finish “Laura” and do it thoroughly — to my satisfaction.

      And to be thorough, I absolutely need to look at the “Laura” material at the Margaret Herrick Library, including production-related items in the Rudy Behlmer papers and an early Jay Dratler-Ring Lardner Jr. draft.

      Unfortunately, the time it would take to examine all that material and write the posts would negate the point of taking a sabbatical to work on the Dahlia book. So “Laura” has to wait. It was a tough decision because I’m enjoying “Laura,” but this is the year of the Dahlia.


  7. Gary McVey says:

    We’ll all miss you, Larry, but you’ve certainly more than earned a break. Have a happy and refreshing 2015, and see you in 2016.


  8. Santos L Halper says:

    cheers for everything. will see you in a year. good luck with the book.


  9. Eve says:

    Good–git t’ writin’, young man!


  10. Lee Rivas says:

    A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do….but that doesn’t mean he won’t be missed. And you will be missed by this faithful reader.


  11. Hope it all goes smoothly. I’m really looking forward to your book!


  12. Willam Desmond Taylor says:

    Tragic for us short term. Great for you. And history.


  13. LC says:

    Good Luck and Best Wishes! It’s time someone gets the facts straight about the young woman. Take your time and tell us the truth. I’ll be first in line to get an autographed copy. Thank you.


  14. Sheryl Cobb says:

    Best of luck, and thank you so much for this. Your blog is usually the first place I go when I fire up my Ipad. Sheryl


  15. Duane Laible says:

    Good Luck, Larry. Don’t forget to save a copy for that Hodel guy, he MAY learn something.


  16. mandymarie20 says:

    Best wishes on your new project. We’ll miss your insights.


  17. Karen in Austin says:

    Best of luck and thanks for continuing the Mystery photos. You will be missed!


  18. Best wishes from Houston (little more than an eastern suburb of Los Angeles). Can’t believe what a persistent and pleasant part you’ve played in my intellectual life for all these years. The world deserves one good book about Elizabeth Short. Maybe more importantly, she deserves an honest telling of her story. Good, good luck.


  19. joe says:

    Will miss not seeing your stuff. Looking forward to the future, when you ‘come back’ and educate/entertain us everyday!! Have a great rest. As a matter of fact, as I type, Blanche Sweet is looking over my shoulder. Actually it is her autographed photo – but I know she is also looking forward to you coming back to spread your film info.


  20. Gary Martin says:

    From experience I can say that there is nothing better than retirement. I hope sabbatical is a close second for you.


  21. Don Danard says:

    Thanks and Best Wishes from Sooke, Vancouver Island. Your site is generally the first one I check every morning when I crank up the ol’ computer. Take it easy.


  22. Gary Martin says:

    Joan Shawlee in Inside Job.


  23. Sam Flowers says:

    Take your time and fact check unlike others who have wrote on the same subject. Anxiously awaiting buying the book, I know it will be a good one.


  24. Eve says:

    Yay! Keep plugging, Little Buckaroo, and if you want any feedback or editing, let me know!


  25. Keep on keepin’ on, Brother.


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