He’s introduced me to Gwyneth Paltrow—”You’re the first person I ever asked her to do this for”—arranged a sit-down with Martin Scorsese, and had his friend Nicole Kidman call.I’m in—kind of, temporarily, a member of the downtown tribe of Miramax.

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Someone from VH1 tells him that Elton John has agreed to donate the piano he’s playing for the auction.

Lorne Michaels stops by, followed by the Capitol Records executive who asks him to tell Paul Mc Cartney to play MTV’s Total Request Live, even though the former Beatle has no idea what the show is. Before ground zero became ground zero, Harvey Weinstein was ground zero.

She’s sitting here because she wants to make a movie.

I’m here to find out why people like her wait in line to work with Weinstein. I’d like to tell her that her performance in Boys Don’t Cry was transcendent, but I offer her a stick of gum instead.

She thanks me as I’m beckoned back to see Weinstein.

Like a lot of rooms Harvey Weinstein inhabits, his office at Miramax seems on the small, uncomfortable side. On a day a few weeks before the planes hit the towers just south of his office, he’s in a fabulous mood, taking a meeting about Shanghai, a World War II noir that’s in development.Hossein Amini, Weinstein’s favorite writer—”I know it will get me in trouble, but go ahead and say I said it,” he says majestically—is there, along with Colin Vaines, a Miramax development executive.Weinstein mentions that the protagonist—a broken-down loser who eventually stumbles across the truth—needs to have a job.The most intimidating bar to walk into in Greater Seattle may not be a seedy dive downtown.It might just be a juice bar in an obscure strip mall in Shoreline.There are many busy, self-regarding people running around Madison Square Garden on the day before the Concert for New York benefit, but none as frantic as the multitasking behemoth trailing a posse of cell-phone-wielding functionaries.