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