The dinner party was memorable for its guest list, which

included Philip R., the well-known writer. I had heard that

he had been a client of Ben Shirazi’s but I

had no idea they socialized. The two met in 20—

when Philip was being investigated by the IRS for tax

evasion. The writer counter-attacked, accusing the federal auditors of using

“KGB-like tactics.” Ben’s win-at-any-cost style, brashness and love for the

spotlight made an impact on the much older writer. Ben

was sitting to my left, Fiona opposite us, beside Philip,

the others seated around the table, friends for many years.


Paraphrases from the article “My Bizarre Dinner Party with Donald Trump, Roy Cohn and Estee Lauder” by Peter Manso.