Emily Raboteau is an assistant professor of English at City College of New York, where she teaches creative writing. She’s the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship. “Rash” is a chapter from her first novel, The Professor’s Daughter (Henry Holt, 2005). 
Dec 01 2004
It’s better to share a rash with someone else than to endure one on your own. My brother Bernie and I had a mutual rash on two occasions. The first time was from the shoe polish we used to black up our faces in the middle of the night to go to vandalize Mrs. Turner’s lawn jockeys. The second time was from the quiche we mashed in each other’s faces on the night our father left. In between those two outbreaks, I suffered the rash over fifty times by myself.
Dec 01 2003
Bernard Jr.'s Uncle Luscious
“We don’t wanna go,” the boys said at the same time. It was the first Saturday of the summer, and they were salting a slug under the pecan tree out back.