Author: Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman

August 31, 2015 Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman No comments exist

We’re very pleased that our new novel, The Afghan Vampires Book Club, has been garnering some enthusiastic responses. Jane Fonda calls it, “A riveting story of love and war… A marriage of American Sniper and Heart of Darkness. I read it straight through in one sitting.” Scotland’s “The Herald” writes:  “Partly a satirical broadside against the insanity…

February 18, 2015 Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman 1 comment

This article first appeared in The Daily Beast on January 6, 2015 Tony has been accumulating identities. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants; his father was abusive. He’s a high school drop-out. He was a gang member and then an inmate who’d been jailed for gang activity and the use of a deadly weapon. Gang…

October 20, 2013 Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman No comments exist

(This post also appears at Huff Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaufman-phd/appalling-words-the-world_b_4132788.html ) An astonishing new UN Women ad campaign is showing what the world is saying about our daughters and the women in our lives. Using Google’s autocomplete function with various phrases (women shouldn’t, women need to, women cannot, and women should) the creator of the ad, Christopher Hunt,…

October 11, 2013 Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman No comments exist

Fathers around the world: celebrate! October 11 is the UN day recognizing half of our children. We need this day because in many parts of the world, our daughters face obstacles that our sons could only imagine. Lower enrollment in school. Sexual harassment and assault on the streets, at school, or going to the well…