I find writing very difficult. It’s hard and it hurts sometimes, and it’s scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities. You’re smart enough to see that there’s something that lies beyond what you’ve been able to do, but you don’t know how to get there, how to make it happen in the medium in which you’ve decided to work. I can be very masochistic, but that kind of anxiety is something I tend to want to avoid. (Tony Kushner at the Paris Review interviews online)
Kushner is one of the featured writers at the University of North Dakota Writers Conference March 19-23, 2013 in Grand Forks.