Naranjo, an Assassin
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In My 75th Year I Reinvented Myself
as Teacher of English as a Second Language.
In January, 2013, I started classes to complete a BA abandoned in 1959.
In Februrary I was disgnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma. Prognosis twelve months.
Mexico, Painted Mask
Second - Updated - Edition
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See Mexico Excerpt Link at Left
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Marcus was interviewed about the Mexico book
multiple award winning
Conscience of Kansas Radio
A reviewer on my Amazon.com page calling himself Perigrinus damns each of my books with low ratings and rude comments. Perigrinus is Julio Rivera Montanez, teacher at Foothills College in California. We have not met. I do not know how I offended Mr. Rivera.
Israel & Palestine, Obvious Questions No One Asks
The 1844 Census of Jerusalme found
7120 Jews... 5740 Arabs... 3390 Christians.
Who Are Palestinians?
Why Do Palestinians Not Have a Country?
Why Do Arab Countries Not Accept Palestinian Refugees?
Who Are Sunni and Shi'a?
Who Are Hamas and Hezbollah?
Who Is Fatah?
Who Are Jews?
Why Does Israel Build a Wall?
Why Does Israel Attack Gaza?
Why Does Israel Not Return Land Captured in the Six Days War?
Why Does Israel Not Return Golan Heights to Syria?
Why Does Israel Build Settlements?
What happened in 1967?
Why Does the United States Support Israel?
Why Does Britain Side with Arabs?
What Is Zionism?
What Is Mossad?
What Are the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?
What Is Die Spinne?
Is Israel a Nuclear Power?
Why Are Jews so Powerful? by Dr. Farrukh Saleem
Israel & Palestine Ch. I
Click here to Read First Chapter
Marcus was interviewed about the Israel/Palestine book
Israel National Radio
Conscience of Kansas Radio
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MEXICO, Painted Mask
Mexico, Painted Mask, wrote itself. The plan was to write a book like the first two, built around travel with history added. The book had a mind of its own. What you see is what resulted from this hijacking. The Politically Correct will not be amused.
See Mexico Excerpt link at left.
History, Culture, Race, Religion, Politics, Rumor & Gossip
Smugglers, Bandits & Texas Rangers
Villa & Zapata: Truth & Legend
Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo
Mother of Mexicans
Why Mexicans Are Macho
Women of the Revolution
Why Mexicans Do Not Assimilate
How to Smuggle a Parrot
Why Mestizo Should Be Afro-Mestizo
Aztecs & Cannibalism
How Mexican Homosexuality is Different
Why We Cannot Control Our Border
See Mexico Links Upper Left
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There Are No U-Hauls Behind Hearses
I will work on There Are No U-Hauls Behind Hearses© with fourth-generation undertaker James Buford Ashcraft IV.
Buck Ashcraft has a lifetime collection of funeral stories... some funny... some sad... some weird... some macbre... all interesting.
Buck is an avid hunter. We may include a few South Texas deer and rattlesnake stories. South Texas rattlesnakes get big.
Someone needs to nag me about Puro San Antonio, my stalled black & white photography project.
I bought a 1942/43 Rolleiflex twin-lens medium-format camera with an early coated Tessar lens for this classic black & white series.
I will preserve images of disappearing Old San Antonio.
Someone needs to nag me as well about my unwritten Hospital Ghosts book. Every hospital has a ghost. If you have a hospital ghost story, please do forward. My email address is at the bottom left of this page. Scroll down.
If you plan to write click on Language Advice link at left.
About the Author
Marcus Henderson Wilder was born and reared in the Mexican border country of South Texas. Books, and the border dual culture, were the formative influences of his early life.
Marcus is a reader, a writer, a rifleman, a horseman, a traveler, a careful observer.
In the first grade, Ursuline nuns taught little Marcus a love of reading. Reading opened the wider world to a hungry young mind. Reading fed intense interest in what lay beyond the delta of the Rio Grande. That interest intensified with time, intensifies still.
As a boy, Marcus had books, a bicycle, a horse, a dog, a .22 rifle, a pet Brahma bull, and freedom to roam the thorny brush. What more could a boy want, video games?
As a teen, Marcus read in National Geographic about an Asian game, buz kashi, played on horseback with a headless carcass of a goat or calf. Marcus studied the photographs carefully.
Marcus knew he could do what the Asian horsemen did. Marcus resolved to play that game. Forty years later, he did.Marcus was interviewed about the Pakistan book by Crissie Murnin on Cox Radio station KONO. The interview was rebroadcast on other Cox radio stations.
Pakistan, Travel in a Land of Mullahs
is about that quest... about the greatest day any horseman could hope to live. Along the way, Marcus traveled through strange places and saw stranger things. He faithfully reports.
Marcus has traveled much of the world. He is street fluent in Spanish and German.
Marcus was interviewed about the Pakistan book
Clear Channel flagship station
Chrissie Murnin, News Director
on San Antonio area
Cox radio stations
The unpublished noir novella about Naranjo, an Assassin, was converted to a screenplay.
As a boy, Marcus read about a prospector searching for a lost mine in the Mexican Sierra Madre. From the rim of a steep canyon, the prospector saw - hundreds of feet below - the ruins of ranch buildings and a grove of orange trees, naranjos.
Legend said the mine could be reached from this deserted ranch where Yaquis killed everyone to protect the location of the mine. The prospector never found the entrance to the canyon. Perhaps Yaquis watched.
Naranjo, the elusive assassin, takes his name from those forever elusive, never reached naranjos, orange trees. An orange grove is a naranjal.
Naranjo's love interest, who becomes an assassin as well, is called Bambú.
Spain, Limping 600 Miles through History is the collected twenty-nine pilgrimage columns from the San Antonio EXPRESS-News with chapters sandwiched between on Moors, Bidets, Jews, Gypsies, Templars, 1492, Smuggling, Costa del Sol, Inquisition, Civil War, Guernica, Slave Trade, Fascism, and more... an eclectic mix of information you probably have not seen.
This book is centered by a fine Via de la Plata photo essay from Brandon Wilson, award-winning author and über-pilgrim. This 600-mile walk was one of Brandon's shorter walks. Brandon and his wife walked across Tibet. Brandon walked from Dijon to Jerusalem. Brandon and his wife walked the length of the Alps.
EXPRESS-News Columns Reader Comment
"Marcus Wilder is a consumate traveler and a one-of-a-kind yarn spinner."
Tracy Barnett, Travel Editor, San Antonio EXPRESS-News
"I like your stories. They are deep and never heavy."
"You bring it all alive."
"I bookmarked your page."
"No one has stuffed more history into a tighter space
than you did in the last five paragraphs."
Joseph, award winning reporter, Portland
Hemingway painted word pictures. Marcus takes word snapshots.
John D., San Antonio
"I read your reports with pleasure."
"I love what you do with your stories of the camino."
Sue, Canadian author, lecturer, pilgrim
"We live it through your eyes."
Elizabeth, San Antonio
"I share your stories with my students."
Cesiah, language department head, San Antonio
"Thank you for a lovely armchair adventure."
Elizabeth, San Antonio
"I am fascinated by your stories."
"I read every one of your columns."
Barbara, San Antonio
"It is amazing how I felt like I was on the journey with you."
Anna, San Francisco
"What he sees, I see."
"You are so talented and fearless."
"He is a good reporter."
Herb, former editor TRUE magazine,
author of twenty-four military histories,
My Next Walk
will be through centuries of layered history from Berlin to Budapest.
I will carry the existential poems of John Donne.
Expect a book.
I will spend two months visiting holy sites of Hinduism and her daughters:
Buddhism… Sikhism… Jainism….
I will sleep in temples and monasteries.
My India reading list is more than thirty books.
Expect a book.