Sanshirō asked Yojirō, rather imprudently, if he wrote a side job to earn extra money.
Yojirō rolled his eyes incredulously. "You're freshly in from the Kyūshū countryside, and you're ignorant of the the dynamic literary scene here in the capital. That's why you pose such thoughtless questions. How could anyone with half an intellect, surrounded by a world of modern thought and watching it seethe with energy, stand idly by doing nothing? In this new age, young men like us hold the power of the pen. If we refrain from expressing ourselves, even with a single word or a simple phrase, then haven't we squandered an opportunity? Powerful forces are flipping the literary world on its head. Everything is in violent turmoil and shifting in new directions, and if it leaves us behind we're finished. If we don't take initiative and harness these trends, then what are we here for? They cheapen the word 'literature' through overuse, but that's their university literature. Our new literature holds a great mirror to the true human experience. Our new literature is destined to inform every acton of the new Japan. And it is, in fact, doing so. While they sleep and dream, it's working its effect. It's a fearsome thing ..."
Sanshirō listened in silence. It smacked a little of empty bluster. Nevertheless, the passion with which Yojirō expounded it was authentic. The speaker himself, at least, seemed quite sincere. Sanshirō was duly impressed.
"So that's your motivation. And the writer's fee doesn't matter, then?"
"I take the fee, whatever I can get. Unfortunately, the magazine doesn't sell well, so they seldom pay me anything at all. We need some way to increase circulation. Do you have any good ideas?" Now Yojirō was engaging him in consultation. Sanshirō was bewildered by the abrupt shift to practicalities. Yojirō took no notice. The bell sounded noisily.
"Anyway, I'm giving you this copy, so read it. 'Great Dark Void' is an intriguing title, don't you think? It's certain to impress. -- The title has to impress, or no one will bother to read it."