Larry Sloman

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Larry Sloman
Sloman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Sloman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born1950 (age 69–70)
Pen nameRatso

Larry "Ratso" Sloman (born 1950) is a New York-based author.


Sloman was born into a middle-class Jewish family from Queens. His nickname Ratso came from Joan Baez who said Sloman looked like Dustin Hoffman's character Ratso Rizzo In Midnight Cowboy

He is best known for his collaboration with Howard Stern on the radio personality's two best-selling books, Private Parts and Miss America. He also appears in all of Kinky Friedman's mystery novels as the Dr. Watson to Kinky's Sherlock. Sloman wrote an account of Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour, On the Road with Bob Dylan. He has also penned Reefer Madness, a history of marijuana use in the United States, Thin Ice, an account of one season with the New York Rangers hockey team, Steal This Dream, an oral biography of Abbie Hoffman.

His book The Secret Life of Houdini, written with magic historian William Kalush, presented research that attempted to prove that early 20th-century American magician Harry Houdini was a spy. The authors also raised the possibility that Houdini had been murdered by a cabal of Spiritualists, prompting Houdini's great-nephew to call for an exhumation of the magician's body to test for poisoning.

Sloman's other collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with the magician David Blaine and Scar Tissue, the autobiography of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis.

Starting in 1985, for a few years Sloman served as executive editor of National Lampoon magazine.

On 5th April 2019 he released an album STUBBORN HEART that includes a duet with Nick Cave, amongst others.


References and notes[edit]

  1. Hershkovits, David (2017-10-18). "The Life and High Times of Larry 'Ratso' Sloman". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  2. Bienstock, David (2003-01-27). "Bob and Ratso: Larry Sloman goes On the Road with Bob Dylan". High Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  3. "Larry Sloman". Bold Type. Random House. Retrieved 2007-12-30.

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