more modern jp lit shoutouts in 1Q84

This won’t be of note if you haven’t spent the last five years trying to get inside the heads of Meiji writers, but:

***

Tengo sighed. “Our prospects are not very bright, I would say. But there’s no turning back now, is there?”

“Even if we could turn back, we’d probably never end up where we started,” the Professor said.

***

Aaaaand boom. A cultural moment that lasted three decades, right there. The dissertation I would’ve written, right there. Simplified.

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