When I heard the word "stream" uttered with such a revolting primness, what I think of is urine and not the contemporary novel. And besides, it isn't new, it is far from the dernier cri. Shakespeare used it continually, much too much in my opinion, and there's Tristam Shandy, not to mention the Agamemnon.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Quoted in Frederic Prokosch, Voices: A Memoir, "At Sylvia's," (1983).
referring to "the stream of consciousness." Joyce was replying to the assertion by the young author and poet Prokosch that Molly Bloom's final monologue in Ulysses represented this form. "Molly Bloom was a down-to-earth lady," Joyce said. "She would never have indulged in anything so refined as a stream of consciousness."