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- Oda's work "The State of the Times" was called "filthy" by Shiga Naoya. Oda in turn criticized Naoya's work, saying that I-novels limited the possibilities of literature.
- After his first wife's death from cancer, Oda carried around a lock of her hair in his morphine case.
- In a eulogy for Oda, Dazai Osamu blamed his critics for causing his early death. Much later, Shiga Naoya published an essay denying any responsibility for the deaths of "vulnerable" writers like Oda and Dazai.
- Sakaguchi Ango once mistook Oda's wife for a prostitute when they were getting drunk with Dazai at Oda's inn. Ango reportedly kept trying to shove her out, saying "Go get some friends. Who the hell does Oda think he is to be the only one with a woman?" Oda was too preoccupied with shooting up drugs to correct him. 
- He died at age 33 due to tuberculosis.
- Scribner Writers Series: Modern Japanese Writers, 2000