“I loved hopping freight trains,” writes Charles D’Ambrosio. “It was cheap, dirty, loud, picturesque, illegal, athletic, and dangerous, and, best of all, it didn’t seem like a vacation.” This year our Top 5 Stories of the Week embody the train-hopping spirit, in which human shortcomings rub up against the endless capacity for hope and grace. Hop on, and enjoy!
I loved hopping freight trains. It was cheap, dirty, and dangerous.
Guy No-Horse was glistening drunk and dancing fancy.
The Best American Essays 2015
Zoe asked if they could go to the Manson caves.
Here was something I could fix; I could stop drinking.