[percy-l] Garic "Nikki" Barranger (1934-2015): Friend of the Percys, Author, and WPP Board Member

Henry Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 23:20:59 EDT 2015

*Garic "Nikki" Barranger (1934-2015): Friend of the Percys, Author, and 
WPP Board Member*

At this time the Walker Percy Project would like to recognize and 
remember with gratitude Garic "Nikki" Barranger, who died on April 15, 
2015, in Covington, La.  Nikki was a close friend and neighbor of Walker 
and Bunt and had a longtime law practice in Covington. An active 
supporter of the arts, he played an instrumental role in helping the 
Percy Project both as an initial board member and by assisting in its 
incorporation as a non-profit.

An author, Nikki's book, /Southern Karma/, features writings on his 
friendship with Walker and Bunt as well as his and Percy's involvement, 
in his words, of the "stormy kerfuffles" involved in their relationships 
with Thelma Toole over the publication of /A Confederacy of Dunces/.  
Those interested in information about/or purchasing /Southern Karma/ 
(Red Bluff Press, 2012) should contact Judy Waiz at 
<judywalz at yahoo.com>, who we also thank for assisting the Percy Project.

Speaking for all longtime members of Percy-L - - we express appreciation 
for his many insightful, and often wry, humorous comments offered during 
our community discussions.

To wit, members will enjoy Nikki's /posthumous interview/ with "the late 
Doctor Percy through a spirit guide" about Percy's thoughts on the 1993 
publication of /More Conversations with Walker Percy/, which he 
contributed to the online stores of the Percy Project.  Nikki 
characterizes the piece as an "interview to end all Percy interviews." 
Enjoy Nikki's interview-review at: 

A /New Orleans Times-Picayune/ article following Nikki's death that 
details his many cultural involvements in the surrounding New Orleans 
area is viewable at: 

An extended interview with Nikki of his remembrances of Percy is printed 
in the collection, /Walker Percy remembered: A Portrait in the Words of 
Those Who Knew Him/, as compiled by David Horace Harwell (UNC Press, 2006).

We thank you, Nikki, and trust you are back to having many fine, and 
more than spirited discussions with your old neighbors and friends 
Walker and Bunt somewhere beyond our present world.

Henry Mills
Percy-L Administrator
Director, The Walker Percy Project

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