Keynote speaker: Marvin Taylor

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Marvin J. Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections, holds a B.A. in Comp. Lit. and an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in English from NYU.  He has held positions at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University.

He has been at the Fales Library since 1993. In 1994 Taylor founded the Downtown Collection, which contains over 12,000 printed books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives. He was editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton University Press, 2006) and co-curator of the exhibition “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984.”  In 2003 he began the Food Studies collection at NYU, which now holds more than 55,000 volumes and is the largest in the country.

Along with Clark Wolf he edited 101 Great Cookbooks, 500 Great Recipes (Rizzoli, 2012) His most recent publication is Looking for Mister Benson: The Black Leather Jacket and Narratives of Masculinities in Fashion and Popular Culture (Intellect, 2013). Taylor continues to write about Downtown New York, English and American masculinities, and queer theory.