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The Best American Essays Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Personal Voice: The Blue Machinery of Summer, Book Marks, and Silk Parachute Summary

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The Personal Voice: The Blue Machinery of Summer, Book Marks, and Silk Parachute Summary and Analysis

The Blue Machinery of Summer by Yusef Komunyakaa: Komunyakaa recalls a summer job he had working in an electronics factory in Phoenix between semesters of graduate school. He fit in well because he had worked in factories for years and could easily get along with blue collar workers, but he knew that his education and professional ambitions separated him from them. He would work there only for the summer; they would probably work there his entire life. Not wanting to provoke any resentment among his coworkers, he decided to keep his education a secret for as long as possible and just blend in with the crowd. He developed a number of friendships, especially with his co-worker, Frank, who had worked in...

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