This will probably be a surprise to some of you–it is to me–that this is being posted here.  Bob Dylan received, of course, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.  There is an obligation to give a speech before receiving a Nobel, and Dylan obliged.  He named some literary works that held some influence on him, and one is the World War I classic, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front.

Dylan’s lecture may either be read or watched here:


Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.