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Writer Gregg Primo Ventello's piece "Das Schweinhund" was recognized as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays. Ventello is pictured in the backyard of his Lawrence home. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

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Local writer's work recognized as Notable Essay in 'Best American Essays 2013'

“It’s just a Volkswagen,” the line reads in the first paragraph of Gregg Primo Ventello’s essay. A Volkswagen Passat he affectionately calls “Das Schweinehund,” translating literally as “pig-dog.”

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