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.